Arun Jaitley Funeral HIGHLIGHTS: Former union minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away at AIIMS in Delhi after prolonged illness was cremated Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat. Earlier in the day, his body was taken to the BJP headquarters from where it was carried in a flower-decked gun carriage to the cremation ground, amidst slogans of ‘Jaitley ji amar rahein’ (long live Jaitley).
The 66-year-old senior BJP leader, who had been battling multiple health issues for some time and was rushed to the hospital on August 9, passed away just after noon on Saturday. He is survived by his wife and two children.
As finance minister, Jaitley had ushered in India’s biggest tax reforms and was the chief trouble-shooter of the BJP and the Narendra Modi-led government. Leaders across the political spectrum paid rich tributes to the former finance minister and hailed him for his contribution to the growth of the party and the nation.