New Delhi, Aug 24 : BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party Working president J P Nadda condoled the demise of former Union Minister and senior BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley on Saturday.
Expressing profound sorrow, Mr Shah said, 'I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri Arun Jaitley. His passing away is a personal loss for me. I have lost not only a senior leader of the organization but also an integral member of the family, whose support and guidance I have been receiving for years. Today his departure has brought a void in the country's politics and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is not possible to be replenished soon.'
The Home Minister further said, 'With his unique experience and rare ability, Arun ji served various responsibilities in the party and the government. A brilliant orator and dedicated activist, he held important positions like the country's Finance Minister, Defence Minister and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha'.
'Arunji has left an indelible mark as the Finance Minister of the country during the NDA Government's 2014-19 tenure by implementing Prime Minister's vision for welfare of the poor on ground and placing India as the world's fastest growing economy. He was a people-oriented person and always thought for the welfare of the common man.
'His every decision reflects this quality - be it the matter of taking action on black money or of realizing the dream of 'GST – One Nation, One Tax' or be it demonetization. The country will always remember him for his very simple and sensitive personality, ' Mr Shah said.
Commerce & Industry and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said Jaitley was a guide and like an elder brother. 'Shri Arun Jaitley ji's demise is an irreparable loss for all of us. He was an outstanding statesman & administrator who devoted his life to public service & nation’s growth. The nation is in mourning. My deep condolences to his family in this moment of grief. Om Shanti,' he said in a tweet.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said no words can describe the loss of Arun Jaitley. 'A mentor to many of us, a guide and a moral support and strength. Have learnt so much from him. A fine large-hearted person. Always ready to help anyone/everyone. His intelligence, sagacity, astuteness have no match,' she said.
Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said Jaitley dedicately worked for the organisation, government and the country. Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said Jaitley dedicately worked for the organisation, government and the country.
Mr Nadda said Jaitley played a lead role in strengthening country's economy as well as security system and the void created with his death can never be filled.
'Jaitley's smiling face even in adverse circumstances and impressive speeches inside Parliament will always remain with us and his ideas will continue to guide us, ' he said in a tweet.
Former Commerce Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sherpa for the G20 summit Suresh Prabhu fondly remembered 'dear friend Arun Jaitley'.
He said, ' Sadly what remains is only memories. I was in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet, dear friend Arun Jaitley was colleague. His invaluable contribution in several diverse sectors, government, Parliament, legal fraternity, politics, public life is now unfortunately memory. Incredible contribution' Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari termed Jaitley's death 'a great loss for the nation, party and the government'.
"It is a personal loss for me and the party," Mr Gadkari said, adding that his speeches in the Rajya Sabha as Leader of opposition and also on the ruling side will be remembered.
MoS for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge) and Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh wrote ' RIPArunJaitley – I’m short of words because he was not only a colleague, he was our mentor and guide. To me personally, he was much more than I can describe in words.'
'We have lost the best brain in the country. Personally, what Arun Jaitley meant to me can not be described in words. The void is difficult to be filled ... at least in this lifetime,' he said in his tweet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condoled the death.
Prime Minister Modi, currently in the UAE to attend the bilateral meet, spoke to Jaitley's family who insisted him not to cut short his visit. After UAE, Mr Modi is scheduled to visit Bahrain.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, 'Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.”
Home Minister Amit Shah, who is in Hyderabad to participate in the National Police Academy Parade, has also cut short his programme and returning to the National Capital.
Jaitley passed away here this morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences after a long and protracted battle with cancer. He was 66.(UNI)