The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on August 24th, 2019 lost its chief trouble-shooter, Arun Jaitley who was suffering from prolonged health issues. He had a superb four-decade-long political career and was often called the ‘scholar minister’ during any political crisis.
Jaitley, 66, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi due to multiple organ failure. He was admitted at AIIMS on August 9th, 2019 following complaints of breathlessness, palpitation and restlessness. He will be cremated on August 25th, 2019 at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi.
A gifted orator, Jaitley was regarded as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Chanakya’ since the year 2002 when Gujrat Riots were hovering over Modi as a black cloud.
As the nation is mourning the demise of the BJP stalwart, let’s going through the political career of Jaitley:
- Arun Jaitley was born on December 28th, 1952 in New Delhi. He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi. Later, he studied law at Delhi University.
- In the year 1974, he first stepped into politics when he was elected as the president of Delhi University Students’ Union.
- He was arrested during the emergency period for staging a massive protest against the Indira Gandhi government inside the Delhi University campus. He was in prison for about 19 months during the Emergency period.
- After the Emergency, he started practising law and in 1980 he challenged the move by Jagmohan, then Lt. Governor of Delhi, to demolish The Indian Express building.
- He was then noticed by V P Singh, who on becoming the Prime Minister appointed Jaitley as additional solicitor general, making him one of the youngest ever to hold the post.
- When the NDA came to power in the year 1999, Atal Bihari Vajpayee appointed Jaitley as a minister. Over the years, he handled law, information and broadcasting, disinvestment, shipping and industry portfolios.
- Jaitley was not only the ‘Chanakya’ of Narendra Modi but he played an instrumental role in bailing Amit Shah during the time when he was banished from Gujarat.
- In the year 1998, Jaitley became a member of the Indian delegation to the UN General Assembly.
- Since the late 1990s, Jaitley graduated from the legal brain of Modi to his chief supervisor, swordsman and many more.
- Jaitley was a key political strategist of BJP and he was known in explaining the public the policies of the government.
- Starting from explaining the global context of rising of fuel prices, the complex Rafale fighter jet deal to the nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST) in lay man’s words, he did it all.
- He was the best advisor to go to. Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan all flocked to him for his one advice.
- Jaitley fought his first election in the year 2014 from Amritsar and lost. He chose Amritsar for his neverending love for Amritsari chole and kulcha.
- He was considered the darling of media with whom he had a cordial relationship for which he was sometimes accused of being too candid with the media.
- Modi and Jaitley’s friendship dates back when the latter who was an RSS pracharak was appointed as a BJP general secretary in the late 90s in Delhi and he stayed in an annex of Jaitley’s official bungalow on 9, Ashoka road.
- He backed Modi as the chief minister of Gujarat during the outrage of Gujarat riots in 2002.
- In 2006, he became the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha and won many hearts of Congressmen for his clarity of each and every issue. He was also praised for his fiery speeches and a phenomenal memory.
- In the year 2009, he stopped practising law and in 2012 he became the Rajya Sabha MP for the 3rd time.
- When Modi government came to power in 2014, he took charge as Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence.
This was the last tweet of Arun Jaitley where he had expressed his grief on the demise of his colleague and another strong BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who died on August 7th, 2019.
In the year 2018, Jaitley suffered kidney ailments and had a kidney transplant which forced him to take a break from the Modi 2.0 government. India will remember him as the finest and strong leaders that the BJP had ever had.