New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tribute to former finance minister and senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arun Jaitley during a remembrance meet organised by the ruling party at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in the national capital.

Speaking at the remembrance meet, Modi described Jaitley as a dear friend and said that he would always miss his absence as a friend and a member of the cabinet. “Arun Jaitley Ji remained a very close friend. He was a stalwart blessed with so much talent. He was a multi-faceted personality. I miss his presence," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the remembrance meet of Arun Jaitley on Tuesday.

In his 14-minute speech, Modi said that he would never be able to describe the personal loss he has faced and the prime minister prayed that nobody should lose a friend. “He was a young friend to me. I never thought that one day I would be speak at the remembrance meet of my friend and pay my respects to him. I would always remember that I could not take part in his last journey," PM said.

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley passed away on 24 August at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) due to prolonged illness. “Jaitley Ji had health ailments but if one spoke to him, he was more concerned about the nation. Serving the nation energized him," PM said.

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