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A file photo of Arun Jaitley with PM Narendra Modi. (PTI)
A file photo of Arun Jaitley with PM Narendra Modi. (PTI)

'I miss my friend a lot,' PM Modi remembers Arun Jaitley on death anniversary

  • 'I miss my friend a lot,' PM Modi tweeted and shared an old video
  • The former finance minister died on 24 August 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to former union minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on his first death anniversary. "On this day, last year, we lost Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. I miss my friend a lot. Arun Ji diligently served India. His wit, intellect, legal acumen and warm personality were legendary. Here is what I had said during a prayer meeting in his memory," PM Modi tweeted, along with an old video.

Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley on his death anniversary. Shah called him an "outstanding politician" and said he was someone who had "no parallels in Indian polity".

"Remembering Arun Jaitley ji, an outstanding politician, prolific orator and a great human being who had no parallels in Indian polity. He was multifaceted and a friend of friends, who will always be remembered for his towering legacy, transformative vision and devotion to nation," Shah tweeted.

BJP president JP Nadda also paid his homage to Jaitley on his first death anniversary.

“Salutes to ex-finance minister Shri Arun Jaitley, a brilliant leader, thinker, Padma Bhushan awardee, on his first death anniversary. The unending contribution of his public welfare policies and schemes in nation building will always be remembered," Jadda tweeted.

In a tweet today, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh said that Jaitley's demise "left a void which is difficult to fill".

"What #ArunJaitley meant to me, is an enigma even for me. For several years, he was virtually a part of my daily routine. It has never been the same after 24th August 2019. Friend, guide, mentor... all in one. He left a void, difficult to fill... atleast in our lifetime," he tweeted.

The former finance minister died on 24 August 2019. He was 66.

Jaitley first became a Cabinet minister in the government of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000. He then went on to serve as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from June 2009.

He was appointed the finance minister in the first term of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government in 2014. He opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing health reasons.

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