Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passed away on Sunday, 27 September, due to prolonged illness at the age of 82.
Singh was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Expressing his condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Singh served the nation diligently and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs.
"“Jaswant Singh served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics.”" - PM Modi
Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atal Ji’s Government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs. Saddened by his demise.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 27, 2020
Born in 1938, Singh was one of India's longest serving parliamentarians having been a member of one of the houses almost continuously between 1980 and 2014.
“The death of Jaswant Singhji, a senior politician of the country and a minister in Atal ji’s cabinet, is sad and an irreparable loss for the country. Jaswant Singh has left a deep impression. I express my condolences to his family”, Union Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet.
‘Stalwart Who Served Nation Diligently’
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani said that they were “pained” by Singh’s demise. Irani described Singh as a “stalwart who served the nation diligently.”
Deeply pained by the passing away of veteran BJP leader & former Minister, Shri Jaswant Singh ji. He served the nation in several capacities including the charge of Raksha Mantri. He distinguished himself as an effective Minister and Parliamentarian.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 27, 2020
Pained with the passing away of Jaswant Singh ji , a stalwart who served our Nation diligently ; be it politics or the armed forces.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) September 27, 2020
My condolences to his loved ones and supporters. Om Shanti
BJP president JP Nadda said, “While serving in various positions in the government, Jaswant Singh devoted every moment to perform his duties towards the people”.
Leaders from across parties, including Delhi Chief Mninister Arvind Kejriwal and DMK chief MK Stalin also expressed their condolences.
V sad to hear about the demise of Sh Jaswant Singh ji. He worked for the country all his life, whether inside the govt or outside. May his soul rest in peace.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 27, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of former Union Minister and veteran politician Jaswant Singh.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) September 27, 2020
On behalf of DMK, I express my sincere condolences.
My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said that it was a huge loss to the heroic land of Rajasthan. Jaswant Singh will always be remembered as a soldier, a mature politician, a policy expert and a well-wisher of the common man.
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