New Delhi: Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday at the age of 66. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.

The 66-year-old senior leader was admitted to the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of AIIMS on August 9. Jaitley had been unwell for around two years now. His health continued to deteriorate in the last 48 hours.

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AIIMS, Delhi, released a statement which read that, “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Member of Parliament & Former Finance Minister, Government of India at 12:07 pm on 24th August 2019. Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on August 9, 2019 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior Doctors.” 

According to sources, Home Minister Amit Shah has cut his Hyderabad visit short and is returning to Delhi following the sad demise of the former Finance Minister. 

BJP leaders including other opposition leaders are expected to arrive at AIIMS. From last few days, top political leaders have been making a continuous visit to see Jaitely at AIIMS.

Various leaders expressed their condolences and remembered the contribution of Jaitely to Indian Politics. Union Home Minister Shah termed it as a personal loss.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu was about to leave from Chennai for the inauguration of two railway and one defence projects at Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. However, now, Naidu has cut short his programme and is returning to Delhi to pay his last respects to former Finance minister.

Vice-President Naidu said, “I am deeply shocked to learn about the demise of Arun Jaitley, a long-time dear friend and one of my closest associates. His death is an irreparable loss to the nation and a personal loss to me. I have no words to express my grief.”
“Outstanding Parliamentarian, legal luminary, towering intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity, Jaitley distinguished himself by effectively handling important portfolios as Union Minister in the cabinets of Sri. A. B Vajpayee and Sri Narendra Modi,” he added.

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