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Pranab Mukherjee condoles death of Arun Jaitley

Pranab Mukherjee condoles death of Arun Jaitley

| @indiablooms | 24 Aug 2019, 11:33 am

New Delhi, Aug 24 (IBNS): Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday condoled the death of ex-Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here.


Mukherjee said the BJP leader and former Indian Finance Minister will be 'missed'.

" Deeply saddened at the untimely passing away of Shri #ArunJaitley. Visited him just daybefore & prayed for his speedy recovery. He was a leader with deep intellect & knowledge, and a voice of reason. He will be dearly missed. My prayers with his family, friends & admirers," he tweeted.

"Shri Jaitley was a legislator par excellence & an exceptional lawyer. In my long association with him, first in Parliament & then as my Minister from 2014-17, I admired his grasp of Constitutional matters. Discussions with him were always fruitful, engaging & informative," the former Indian President said.

Former Union Finance Minister, legal luminary, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart and a chief trouble shooter of the first Narendra Modi government, Arun Jaitley passed away at the age of 66 at AIIMS here on Saturday finally losing the battle with protracted illness.

He breathed his last at 12:07 pm.

A lawyer by profession, Jaitley is survived by his wife Sangeeta, a son and a daughter who also joined the legal profession. He was admitted to the AIIMS on August 9 with complaints of breathing problems.


Both Jaitley and Mukherjee have served as the Indian Finance Minister in their political careers.

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