Arun Jaitley, the former finance minister and a stalwart of the Bharatiya Janata Party, passed away on Saturday at AIIMS hospital in New Delhi at the age of 66.
AIIMS hospital issued a statement on Arun Jaitley’s death
Arun Jaitley was not keeping well from the last couple of years, As he also underwent kidney transplant surgery and bariatric surgery due to diabetic issues which he was suffering too.
Arun Jaitley was given the responsibility of finance minister at Narendra Modi’s Government in 2014-2019, Due to health issues, Arun Jaitley was isolated from the mainline decision making and cabinet Ministry.
Cabinet Ministers, Prime Minister & President of India took Twitter to express their sadness over the loss of their valuable man in the government.
Arun Jaitley was born in Delhi on 28 December 1952. Academically graduating honors degree in commerce, BCom from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973. He passed his LLB degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, in 1977. Arun Jaitley had been practicing law before the Supreme Court of India and several High Courts in the country since 1987. He had authored several publications on legal and current affairs. He had presented a paper on the law relating to corruption and crime in India before the Indo-British Legal Forum. He was a delegate on behalf of the Government of India to the United Nations General Assembly Session on June 1998 where the Declaration on Laws Relating to Drugs and Money Laundering was approved.
In 1999, after the Vajpayee Government of the BJP led National Democratic Alliance came to power, he was appointed Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge) on 13 October 1999. He was also appointed Minister of State for Disinvestment (Independent Charge), a new ministry created for the first time to give effect to the policy of disinvestments under the World Trade Organization regime. He took over the additional charge of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs on 23 July 2000 following the resignation of Ram Jethmalani as the Union Cabinet Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs.
On 26 May 2014, Jaitley was selected by newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the Minister of Finance, the Minister for Corporate Affairs and the Minister of Defence, in his cabinet. Analysts cited Jaitley’s “part-time” focus on defense as a simple continuation of the policies of the previous government.
He also serves as a member to the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank.
In November 2015, Jaitley said that personal laws governing marriages and divorces should be subject to fundamental rights, as constitutionally-guaranteed rights are supreme. He announced the Income declaration scheme, 2016 on September 2016.
During his tenure as the Finance Minister of India, the government demonetized the ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series, with the stated intention of curbing corruption, black money, fake currency, and terrorism from 9 November 2016. On June 20, 2017, he reaffirmed that the GST rollout is well and truly on track. Out Leadership recommended Arun Jaitley as one of the experts and leaders who openly speak on LGBT+ issues.
On 9th August 2019, he was hospitalized at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi under critical condition after he complained of “breathlessness”.On 17 August, it was reported that Jaitley was on life-support. By 23 August, his health had deteriorated. Jaitley died at 12:07 PM (IST) on 24 August 2019 at the age of 66. He is survived by wife Sangeeta Jaitley and children Sonali Jaitley Bakhshi, Rohan Jaitley.