Arun Jaitley to be Cremated With State Honours


Former finance minister and BJP veteran Arun Jaitley who died on Saturday will be cremated with state honours on Sunday at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi.

The mortal remains of the former minister will be kept at BJP headquarters in New Delhi between 10.30 am and 1 pm where party workers and leaders will pay tributes.

The BJP in an official tweet said, “The last rites of Jaitley will be performed at 2.30 pm.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Bahrain on Saturday turned emotional at an event remembering his friend Arun Jaitley when he heard about the demise of his friend. “I can’t imagine that I am so far here while my friend has gone away. Some days ago, we lost our former External Affairs Minister Sushma ji and today I have lost my friend. My deepest condolences to the kin of the deceased,” said Modi.

The BJP veteran died on Saturday at 12.07 pm at AIIMS in New Delhi. He was admitted to the hospital since August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part in PM Modi’s cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. During his tenure as finance minister, he led the enactment of a bankruptcy code and the Goods and Services Tax or GST.

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