Former Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, took his last breath today at AIIMS Hospital. According to a press release, Arun Jaitley passed away at 12:07 PM.
Arun Jaitley was not only a true steward of BJP, but he had an unwavering attitude towards his personal life as well. In 2018, he underwent a kidney transplant surgery to fend off an infection. Earlier in 2018, Jaitley was diagnosed with soft-tissue cancer due to which he had to step down as a finance minister.
Arun Jaitley was an accomplished lawyer before taking up a space in Bhartiya Janta Party. He occupied ministerial berths in NDA-I government in 1999 and then NDA-II government led by Narendra Modi in 2014 made him a key-member of the team.
During the five years of his tenure, Jaitley unfolded himself as the chief troubleshooter of NDA-II government. From Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in 2016 to Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in 2017, he shepherded key economic legislations in the parliament.
Let’s take a deep dive into Arun Jaitley’s political journey which made him the stalwart.
This was the time when Jaitley began his political journey. After entering student politics and becoming the leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), he unlocked many political doors. He also became the president of the Student’s union in 1974.
He played an active role in Jai Prakash Narayan’s anti-corruption case due to which he was jailed for almost 19 months. After getting released, Jaitley joined Jana Sangh.
Jaitley joined BJP in 1980 and was made the youth wing president and secretary of BJP’s Delhi unit.
He was elected as a spokesperson of the Party in 1991. He also became the BJP National executive in the same year.
Jaitley was under Vajpayee government in 1999. He was appointed as the minister of state for information & broadcasting and minister of state for disinvestment on October 13, 1999. He had an independent charge in both the roles.
In the era of 2000, Jaitley was appointed as minister of law, justice and company affairs & shipping. He was promoted as a cabinet minister in the same year.
On July 1, 2002, he was appointed as general secretary. He was elected as BJP’s national spokesperson in 2003.
After the BJP lost its political game to Congress in 2004, Jaitley went back to his legal career.
In 2009, he was elected as leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha by Lal Krishna Advani. In this tenure, Jaitley played significant roles in Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha. He also supported Anna Hazare on Jan Lokpal Bill in 2012.
He was elected as the finance minister by newly elected Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi on May 26, 2014. And in the month of May, 2019, he wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in which he stated his health reasons for not taking up the finance minister’s position.
From demonetization to the Good and Services Tax (GST), Jaitely’s career as finance minister is flourished with success. Under Jaitley’s leadership, the Modi government was able to merge the railway budget with the general budget.