Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away at the AIIMS today. He was admitted in AIIMS since August 9.
Jaitley was a prominent lawyer and one the most important leader in the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first tenure. During his tenure as Finance Minister, the NDA government has launched the GST system and announced the demonetization.
He was the Finance Minister, who announced the Ayushman Bharat Scheme during his 2015-16 budget speech. Jaitley was also the Minister of Defence in Narendra Modi’s first tenure.
A leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Jaitley became the president of the Students Union of Delhi University in 1974. He was also under preventive detention for a period of 19 months, during the period of Emergency. Just after being released from jail, he joined the Jana Sangh.
Later, Jaitley became the president of Delhi ABVP and all India secretary of the organisation in 1977. After the BJP was formed, Arun Jaitley had been appointed as the president of the youth wing of the party.
Jaitley was appointed as additional solicitor general by the VP Singh government in 1989. He was a part of the investigation into the Bofors scandal.
In 1990, the Delhi High Court designated Jaitley as a senior advocate. Interestingly, he wanted to become a Chartered Accountant, before starting his career as a lawyer.
Jaitley became the spokesperson BJP before the 1999 Lok Sabha Election. He was also the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.