BJP veteran, ex-finance minister Arun Jaitley cremated with full state honours


New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS): Former Finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley was cremated with full state honours at the Nigambodh Ghat here on Sunday. His son Rohan performed the last rites.

The cremation was attended by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javdekar, Smriti Irani, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Also present were BJP veteran L.K. Advani as well as other party leaders including B.S. Yediyurappa, Gautam Gambhir, along with opposition leaders Sharad Pawar. 

Earlier reports

Jaitley's funeral procession leaves BJP headquarters

New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS): A large crowd gathered outside the BJP headquarters here on Sunday for a last glimpse of former Finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley as his body was taken to Nigambodh Ghat for cremation. The cremation will take place at 2.30 p.m.

Security was beefed up outside the BJP headquarters on Deendayal Upadhyay Road, with both police and paramilitary forces deployed in strength.

In the morning, hordes of people tried to enter the BJP headquarters when the body of Jaitley, who died at AIIMS on Saturday, was brought there in a procession from his house in Kailash Colony, south Delhi.

Union Ministers Amit Shah, Harsh Vardhan, Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal, Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and Bharatiya Janata Party National Working President J.P. Nadda were among those who paid homage to the departed leader at the party headquarters.

Remembering Jaitley, his close friend and television anchor Rajat Sharma, said: "One can never find a friend like him. Will always remain on the path he showed."

Jaitley's mortal remains moved to BJP headquarters 

New Delhi, Aug 25 (IANS): The mortal remains of former Finance minister Arun Jaitley were on Sunday morning moved from his residence in Kailash Colony here to the BJP headquarters for people to pay their tributes.

Several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders accompanied the convoy carrying Jaitley's mortal remains in a military vehicle decked with flowers.

The body will be kept at the BJP headquarters till around 2 p.m., and will then be moved to Nigambodh Ghat for the last rites, said party sources.

Jaitley passed away at AIIMS on Saturday due to a prolonged illness. He was 66.

BJP  veteran, ex-finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

New Delhi, Aug 24: BJP  veteran and former finance minister Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday, August 24 at AIIMS after prolonged illness. Jaitley had undergone dialysis on Thursday.

"It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Member of Parliament (MP) at 12:07 p.m. on Saturday. Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on Auguts 9 and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors," said Aarti Vij, Chairperson, Media and Protocol, AIIMS.

He was 66.  

Jaitley, who was said to be critical, was reportedly put on life support.

He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9 after he had complained of restlessness and breathlessness. A multidisciplinary team of doctors at AIIMS has been appointed to supervise his treatment.  

Jaitley was earlier admitted to AIIMS in May as well. He did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election because of his ill health. 

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, was an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet in the BJP government's first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios. 

He had undergone a renal transplant in May 2018 at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time. 

Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018. 

In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.


The mortal remains of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who died on Saturday, have reached his residence here.

The remains were brought to the late leader's residence in Kailash Colony, South Delhi, from AIIMS where he died earlier in the day due to prolonged illness.

Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Om Birla, Hardeep Puri, Jitender Singh, Anurag Thakur, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manoj Tiwari, Ramesh Bidhuri were among various leaders who rushed to AIIMS after hearing the news of Jaitley's demise.

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan was present in the hospital since early Saturday morning.

Senior Advocates including Geeta Luthra were also present in the hospital.

Jaitley will be cremated at the Nigam Bodh Ghat here on Sunday, party sources said.

"Jaitley's body will reach the BJP office at 10 a.m. on Sunday and thereafter cremation will take place at the Nigam Bodh Ghat at 2 p.m.," a party official said.

 

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    His ‘friend’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi absent due to the foreign trip in his last movement.

    RIP.

    Jai Hind

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Loss to all but no one is above to God's final call .May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    God The Father on Holy Love and Judgement.

    Message to Maureen.

    May 9, 2019
    Public


    Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says: "Children, live your lives in Holy Love as a means of avoiding Purgatory or shortening your stay there. In Purgatory you suffer alone except for the presence of your guardian angel. The closer you are to your angel in the world, the closer he will be to you in Purgatory."

    "To experience even the highest level of Purgatory is to feel abandoned and without Me. This is why you must pray for the poor suffering souls who have no means of helping themselves. Do not think that an honored position in the world exonerates the soul from Purgatory. There are many Bishop's mitres floating amidst the flames there - many judges gavels, as well. Remember, you will be judged on what is in your hearts as you draw your last breath. I speak to you as a means of fostering Holy Love in your hearts."

    "Surrender to Me all that is meaningless - how others regard you - that is a big opening to lies, devotion to worldly allurements and selfish orientation. Center your lives on Heaven and on spending all eternity with Me. I am loving you and calling you into Heaven."

    Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4; 4:7-8+

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    May his soul rest in peace and may almighty forgive all his sins.

    Time to think to all, no body will escape from death either PM or Minister or beggar. Better to live human life and do good. Soul is not having any religion.

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  • DAYANANDA BANGERA, KATAPADY, ABU DHABI

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    RIP SIR.

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  • sp shetty, kateel/dxb

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    big loss for India,

    rest in peace, aum shaanti.

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  • Paul D Souza, Bondel/Sharjah

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    We lost great leader and former finance minister. May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    Mr Arun Jaitley was a silent soldier...No doubt , his contribution behind Modiji's success is huge...Very sad that BJP lost two great leaders like Suhshma and Jaitley within a month...RIP

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    Loss to all but real set back to BLP.May his soul rest in peace and condolences to the bereaved family as well.

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  • Anthony H Crasta, Granville/Sydney

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    A good BJP parliamentarian, and a good man at large, left this world too soon. Rest in peace Arun Jaitley.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    He was one of the highest taxpayers;
    He vacated the official residence immediately after resigning the post;
    Post retirement, he spent for his medical expenses and personal caretakers in the hospital from his own funds.
    Salute you Sir.
    Are you aware of this, Mr Chidambaram.

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  • Zahoor Ahmed, Karkal

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    But he was unaware about demonetization as a finance minister !

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    So what, Zahoor mia? All the black money was flushed out.
    But fyi, he was the architect behind it.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Zaroor Miya,

    He was aware about Indian economics, and thats not his responsibility to look at ur country economics also

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Sun, Aug 25 2019

    Mr Arun Jaitley will be fondly remembered and will be missed by Billion Indians. A life well lived and admired by all Indians...

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    RIP

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  • rajeev t shetty, mangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    may his soul rest in peace.we miss u jaitlyey ji.

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  • Ramesh Bhat, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    RIP

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  • Ramu, Thokkute

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    May his soul Rest In Peace

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Great man with a vision for India and he fulfilled his Mission. Deserves great heavenly rewards. RIP.

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  • Champion Noronha, Bajpe, Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Supreme Court lawyer
    National BJP leader
    Economist
    Best speaker and representated india in different heights
    Ex Delhi cricket association president
    Ex IPL governing committee member
    Law minister
    Finance Minister
    Capacity par beyond excellence
    RIP Jaitley jee
    India miss you

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  • kateel pai, vitla

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    RIP Sir. Shows a man has to die for world to notice his achievements.

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Rest in peace sir.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Third Great Stalwarts of Delhi,India to breath his last after Sheela Dixitji and Sushma Swaraj ji.
    RIP SIR.

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  • DHANALAXMI VAN, KATEEL ROAD, BAJPE

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Great Leader, lovely human being, RIP
    Nation is thankful for yr great service to India & mankind.
    The key leader who inetiated demonitization, and GST
    The person who started his career as a leading supreme court lawyer to key trustman of PM Modi
    Dear Prime Minister please shortcut your foreign trip and come to see your beloved leader last time

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  • Flora Dsouza, kalmady/Jerimeri-Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    May his Soul rest in peace..

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  • Apoli Alvares, Bajpe , Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    May his soul rest in peace , we do really miss him his service ,

    AA
    Bajpe / Bahrain

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    RIP

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  • NISHANTH, Bangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Rest In Peace sir.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    RIP !!
    India lost two great politicians within a month, rather too young..

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  • JOY CASTELINO, MOODUBELLE/DUBAI

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Sangram sangam, Kundapur

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Bjp lost good leaders recently Sushma,Ananth kumar,Parikar now Jaitly

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  • Felix, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    May his soul rest in peace

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  • Mark Dcruz, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Rest in Peace Arun J

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    May the departed soul of BJP veteran and ex-finance minister Rest in Eternal peace.

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  • netizen, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Good people in the party getting depart. Secularists missing his neutral views.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    RIP Jaitley. His passing away has created a vacuum which can't be filled.He will always be remembered for his landmark services to nation and our party.He had been an administrator of great acumen.His absence will always be felt.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Devaru Arun Jeitley avara atmake moksha needali🙏

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  • Prakash D' Cunha, Bajpe/Ashoknagar/Abudhabi

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • ANIL THOMAS DSILVA, INDIA, MANGALORE - UAE

    Sat, Aug 24 2019

    Rest In Peace BJP veteran, ex-finance minister Arun Jaitley.

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