New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and former finance minister Arun Jaitley passed away at 12.07 pm on Saturday after prolonged illness at AIIMS hospital, New Delhi. He was 66.
Jaitley was admitted to the hospital on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.
Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an key member in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet in the BJP government's first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.
Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election because of his ill-health.
He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14 last year at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time. 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.
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