The mortal remains of Arun Jaitley, the former Union minister was taken to the Nigambodh Ghat from the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon in a flower-decked gun carriage, amidst chants of ‘Jaitley ji amar rahein’ (long live Jaitley). The last rites of Arun Jaitley was performed with full State honours
According to news agency, PTI, BJP workers and mourners queued up in large numbers since morning to pay their last respects to the leader outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. Posters remembering Jaitley have been put up on the roads leading to the Nigambodh Ghat, on the banks of the Yamuna river. The 66-year-old leader passed away at the AIIMS here on Saturday. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital, where he was admitted on August 9.
The crowd swelled after the world of Jaitley’s death spread. Most of them were the attendants of patients who wanted to catch a last glimpse of him. The guards had a tough time dispersing the crowd near the cardio-neuro tower.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Bahrain on Saturday, turned emotional at an event as he remembered his “friend”, Arun Jaitley. “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 Behen Sushma Ji. Today I have lost my friend Arun,” he added.
PM Modi spoke to Jaitley’s family on Saturday to express his condolences. However, Jaitley’s family told the Prime Minister not to cut short his important engagements abroad, news agency ANI reported.
Jaitley was admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit (ICU) of the Cardiothoracic Neurosciences Centre at AIIMS on the morning of August 9. His condition had been critical, and he was being treated by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists from the departments of cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology and nephrology, among others.
Jaitley was initially admitted for a check-up after he complained of uneasiness but his condition kept deteriorating, and he was put on a life-support system. However,
Jaitley has had a history of medical conditions, including diabetes and kidney failure.
The senior BJP leader’s health issues became worse after he had a kidney transplant in May last year.
Jaitley 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.
Jaitley, who had been an important part in PM Modi’s cabinet in the BJP government’s first term, did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health.