He underwent surgery in the US in January this year, forcing him to skip the budget presentation. He was trouble-shooter for party from Atal-Advani era to Modi led government

Veteran BJP Leader and former union minister Arun Jaitley, 66, took his last breath at AIIMS today. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital for several weeks. The press release of AIIMS says ‘It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Arun Jaitley.


Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. He was kept under observation through the day, with a team of doctors including endocrinologists, cardiologists and nephrologists monitoring him. 

As his condition was deteriorating every hour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla along with other top leaders of party visited him at AIIMs. Shortly afterward the hospital issued a statement saying he was haemodynamically stable”. 

Arun Jaitley had a renal transplant in May last year at AIIMS. After having stopped attending office since early April 2018, he was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018. He underwent surgery in the US in January this year, forcing him to skip the budget presentation. Goyal presented the interim budget for FY20 in his place. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition. 

A lawyer by profession, and gentleman by attitude, Arun Jaitley was considered the second most important leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet during his first tenure. He became the finance minister in 2014 when BJP led by Narendra Modi swept to power. He also briefly held charge of the defence and information & broadcasting ministries. He was the key force behind a number of government initiatives such as the establishment of the monetary policy committee, liberalisation of the foreign direct investment framework and abolition of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board. 


As Finance Minister of India, Jaitley steered some of the most far-reaching reforms such as the goods and services tax (GST) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. His patient negotiations with states were said to have been key in securing their agreement to ensure the rollout of GST in July 2017. 
He was trouble-shooter for party from Atal-Advani era to Modi led government.

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