Former finance minister and Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart Arun Jaitley died on Saturday. He was 66.
Arun Jaitley had been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for the past two weeks. He died at 12.07 pm on Saturday in the hospital.
Arun Jaitely will be remembered as a distinguished political leader and an able strategist.
Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been a key member of Prime Minister Narendra 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.
Arun Jaitley was born on December 28, 1952, in Delhi. His father, Maharaj Kishan Jaitley, was also a lawyer and his mother was Ratan Prabha Jaitley.
He completed his schooling from the St Xaviers School in Delhi. After that, he went on to obtain a bachelor's degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce in the University of Delhi and later studied law at the Law Faculty in DU.
Arun Jaitley is survived by his wife and two children. He married his wife Sangita in 1982 and the couple had two children -- son Rohan and daughter Sonali.
Like their father, both Rohan and Sonali are lawyers. They became the third generation of the Jaitley family to make a career in law.
Arun Jaitley's daughter Sonali grabbed headlines when she got married in 2015. She got married to businessman and lawyer Jaish Bakshi. Many celebrities from Bollywood, including Shahrukh Khan, were present at her wedding.
Rohan Jaitley studied law like his father. He completed his schooling from the Delhi Public School, RK Puram. From there he went on to study law at the Amity Law School. He obtained a master's degree from Cornell University in the US and returned to India in 2014. He started practising as a Supreme Court lawyer in 2014. Rohan was set to get married this year but his marriage was postponed owing to Arun Jaitley's ill health.
Tributes are pouring in for Arun Jaitley from all quarters. President Ram Nath Kovind said he is extremely saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley. "Extremely saddened by the passing of Shri Arun Jaitley after battling a long illness with fortitude and dignity. A brilliant lawyer, a seasoned parliamentarian, and a distinguished Minister, he contributed immensely to nation-building," President Kovind said in a tweet.
"Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti," said PM Modi.