#RIPArunJaitley: Final Journey of the man full of ‘Wisdom’

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley ( 1952- 2019) Another Golden Chapter of Politics came to an end

BJP’s stalwart Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday at AIIMS hospital in New Delhi. He was 66 and was not keeping well for a long time. He was admitted in the hospital on 9th August after he complained about the breathlessness and restlessness. Arun Jaitley was under observation at the Cardio-Neuro- Centre of the hospital. Last rites will be performed on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi.  The whole country mourned after the demise of former finance minister. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades.”

A Great Political Strategist

Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in the first term of Modi government. Apart from Finance, he also held corporate affairs, defence, law and justice, commerce and industry portfolios in the Atal Vihari Bajpayee and Narendra Modi government. He was a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India. Arun Jaitley was the man full of wisdom. He never attacked opposition unnecessarily. He used to give such satisfactory replies that it would never leave any room for anyone to raise any supplementary question.

NDA Government’s key decisions under his leadership

Under the guidance of Arun Jaitley, NDA was able to take decisions on several key economic activities like the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetization. The Modi government merged railway budget with the general budget in the stewardship of Arun Jaitley. The decision of moving the date of the general budget to 1st February was also taken under the leadership of Jaitley.  He manoeuvred several tax-slab revisions in GST. The former finance minister also introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code to resolve the issues with companies which were unable to pay their debt. IBC has played an important role in recent times for the corporate sector.

Jaitley was made the Union finance minister despite losing the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from Amritsar constituency for his contribution to the Bhartiya Janta Party and government for more than two decades.  Before Amit Shah came to the national scene, Arun Jaitley was one of the most important strategists for the party.  He was a key player in preparing the strategies for the Lok Sabha election and Vidhan Sabha election.  He was in charge of states like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Assam, West Bengal, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Bihar in his almost 40 years long political career.

From being the president of ABVP to the Finance Minister of India: A saga of hard work and grit 

Born to lawyer father Maharaj Kishen Jaitley and mother Ratan Prabha Jaitley on 28 December 1952, he completed his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi between1957-69. After completing graduation in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, he passed law from Faculty of Law, Delhi University in 1977.

He was an active member of student politics.  He went on to become President of the Student Union in Delhi University after joining Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1974. During the time of emergency imposed by Indira’s Gandhi, he was under preventive detention for more than 1.5 years.  After taking parts in several movements and being active in student politics, he was appointed the president of ABVP and All India Secretary of the ABVP.  He then joined BJP and was made the president of the youth wing of the BJP and the secretary of Delhi Unit in 1980.

Arun Jaitley – A veteran Lawyer

He practised law in Supreme Court and several High courts across the country since 1987. Delhi High Court designated him as the senior advocate in January 1990.  His client list includes BJP veteran LK Advani, Sharad Yadav from Janta Dal and Madhavrao Scindia from Indian National Congress, Pepsi Co, Coca Cola.

Political Career of more than 2 decades leaving no room for self-doubt

He is the member of the national executive of Bhartiya Janta Party since 1991. Arun Jaitley was appointed as the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting on 13 October 1999 in the Vajpayee government. He was then appointed Minister of State for Disinvestment later.

On 23rd July, he was given the additional portfolio of Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs. Arun Jaitley was then promoted to a cabinet minister in November 2000 where he also handled the Ministry of Law, Justice, Company Affairs and Shipping simultaneously.  He was chosen as the Leader of the opposition when UPA II government was in the centre.

Jaitley was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2000, 2006 and 2012 representing Gujarat.  He introduced two bills during his term in Rajya Sabha.  One bill was regarding punishing the member of parliaments who change their political party during their terms and limit the number of members in the state ministry councils. The other bill which was enacted in 2002 which froze the number of seats in parliament till 2026 based on the districting in 1991 national census.

Interesting facts about Arun Jaitley

  1. He never won Lok Sabha Elections.
  2. He was the representative of the central government to hold discussions with the nominees of the government of J&K.
  3. His love for cricket earned him a place to serve DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) and BCCI (Board for Cricket Control in India).
  4. When he was given the independent charge of Minister of State for Disinvestment, the ministry was first formed at that time.
  5. Arun Jaitley was one of the chief strategy planners for the 2014 general election and one of the reasons why BJP registered a massive victory.
  6. He is a writer and author apart from a lawyer and politician.
  7. He was responsible for paperwork of Bofors scandal investigations.
  8. Arun Jaitley has penned various books on current affairs and legal affairs.
  9. He stopped practising law in about 2009.
  10. His favourite politician was Atal Bihari Vajpayee and favourite cricketer is Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

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