Today, PM Modi paid tribute to former union minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on his first death anniversary.
“On this day, last year, we lost Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. I miss my friend a lot. Arun Ji diligently served India. His wit, intellect, legal acumen and warm personality were legendary. Here is what I had said during a prayer meeting in his memory,” PM Modi tweeted. The PM also shared an old video, paying homage to the late BJP leader.
On this day, last year, we lost Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. I miss my friend a lot.
Arun Ji diligently served India. His wit, intellect, legal acumen and warm personality were legendary.
Here is what I had said during a prayer meeting in his memory. https://t.co/oTcSeyssRk
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2020
Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his tribute to BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley. Shah called him an “outstanding politician” and described him as someone who had “no parallels in Indian polity.”
Remembering Arun Jaitley ji, an outstanding politician, prolific orator and a great human being who had no parallels in Indian polity. He was multifaceted and a friend of friends, who will always be remembered for his towering legacy, transformative vision and devotion to nation.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 24, 2020
Through a tweet, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh wrote that Jaitley’s demise “left a void which is difficult to fill.”
“What #ArunJaitley meant to me, is an enigma even for me. For several years, he was virtually a part of my daily routine. It has never been the same after 24 August 2019. Friend, guide, mentor… all in one. He left a void, difficult to fill. At least in our lifetime,” he tweeted.
Arun Jaitley served as the Finance Minister. He passed away on the 24th of August 2019 at the age of 66. First, he became a Cabinet Minister in the government of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, back in 2000. He then served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from June 2009.
He was elected as the Finance Minister in the first term of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government in 2014. He opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections due to health-related reasons.