NEW DELHI — Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely passed away at AIIMS on Saturday at 12.07pm after a prolonged illness, according to hospital sources. Jaitley had undergone dialysis on Thursday. He was 66.
Arun Jaitly was admitted in AIIMS on August 9, had been put on life support and was being monitored by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, reports PTI.
“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Member of Parliament (MP) at 12:07 p.m. on Saturday. Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on August 9 and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors,” said Aarti Vij, Chairperson, Media and Protocol, AIIMS.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah along with political leaders like Mayawati, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Nitish Kumar and Yogi Adityanath visited Mr Jaitley in hospital.
The former finance minister did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health.
He had undergone a kidney transplant on May 14 last year at AIIMS.
In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.
Mr Jaitley had been an important part in 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.