On the second death anniversary of BJP stalwart and senior Leader Arun Jaitley, several union ministers fondly remembered the former finance Minister and lauded his immense contribution .
As one of the backbone ministers of the Modi government, Jaitley, was the voice of the government and served as the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Government of India from 2014 to 2019. Jaitley previously held the cabinet portfolios of Finance, Defence, Corporate Affairs, Commerce and Industry, and Law and Justice in the Vajpayee government and Narendra Modi government.
He oversaw the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax which brought the country under one GST regime, demonetisation, merger of Railway budget with general budget and introduction of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
Jaitley decided not to join the second Modi Cabinet in 2019, due to health issues. He passed away on August 24, 2019 aged 66.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted
Remembering Shri Arun Jaitley. An amiable, gentle guide who is missed immensely. A friend to all. Had broad strong shoulders to bear challenges. His quick grasp of matters was admired by many. 🙏🏽
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) August 24, 2021
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted
Remembering Arun Jaitley ji on his punyatithi. He was a distinguished lawyer, able administrator and an excellent parliamentarian.
Arunji was an intellectual with deep insights and wise understanding of politics and policy. His contribution will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/QRDruzambI
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 24, 2021
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs & Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas
The void created by the absence of a very dear friend is hard to fill & difficult to come to terms with.
I join his family & countless admirers in remembering Sh Arun Jaitley Ji on his 2nd death anniversary. pic.twitter.com/MvO7FNkQwD
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 24, 2021
S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister
Tribute to Shri Arun Jaitley ji, with his large heart and great mind.
His contribution to India’s progress is beyond measure.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 24, 2021