Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik have mourned the death of former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Jaitley (66) passed away on Saturday afternoon. He was undergoing treatment at AIIMS in New Delhi, where he was admitted on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.
“Hon’ble Governor condoles the sad demise of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley ji and conveys his deep sympathy to bereaved family & constiuents. He terms Shri Jaitley as a great public intellectual and a tall leader whose contribution to the governance will be remembered for ever,” tweeted Governor’s Secretariat.
Chief Minister Patnaik also took to the twitter to express his condolences to the bereaved family of the senior BJP leader.
“Deeply saddened to hear about passing away of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley ji. He was a distinguished lawyer, parliamentarian and an erudite person. His contribution to governance has been profound. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends and followers,” tweeted the Chief Minister.
Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi, who hails from Odisha also condoled the death of Jaitley.
“Distraught by the demise of my friend, philosopher and teacher Shri Arun Jaitley ji. Articulate, suave and a master strategist, Jaitley Sahab served mother India in many roles in his illustrious political career. He was one of the finest Finance Minister that India ever had,” tweeted Pradhan.
“The entire country is shocked by the demise of such an intellectual personality who had dedicated his life for the welfare of the nation,” said Sarangi.