Former finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away at the age of 66 on Saturday.
Jaitley was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.
AIIMS hospital also issued a statement on Arun Jaitley’s death. As per the statement, “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Shri Arun Jaitley; Hon’ble Member of Parliament and former Finance Minister Government of India at 12:07 pm on August 24, 2019.
Arun Jaitley was unwell for a large part of the last two years. In 2018. in 2014, Arun Jaitley underwent bariatric surgery to address the excess weight he had gained due to diabetes.
Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election because of his ill-health.
A lawyer by profession, Arun Jaitley was among the leaders who were jailed by the Indira Gandhi government during the Emergency. He was a student leader at the time.
After being released from jail; He was joined Jan Sangh and rose through the rank of the organisation, which later became the BJP.
Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.
In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.