New Delhi, August 24: Arun Jaitley was a brilliant strategist and one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's most trusted colleagues, Jaitley was far more than an accomplished lawyer and many notches above his contemporaries in politics.
The overcrowded grand stage of Delhi's intoxicating power elite has paused. It has lost one of its main protagonists, who passed away at AIIMS after a prolonged illness on Saturday.
Armed with a razor-sharp legal mind and ace political acumen, Jaitley slew his opponents with intellectual finesse, yet maintained dignity and class that earned him accolades from even those at the receiving end of his diatribe.
A Delhi boy (he went to St. Xavier's school in the Civil Lines), he was also the son-in-law of Jammu, having married staunch Congressman and regional stalwart Girdhari Lal Dogra's daughter Sangeeta. Modi in 2015 attended his father-in-law's centenary ceremony, attended by scores of Congress leaders, among others.
Jaitley's influence was far beyond the political domain. He dominated the legal circles even after becoming politician and was a key cricket administrator who had complete control over Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). He was one of the key influencers in Delhi's bar, playing an intricate role its politics. He commanded same influence in complex cricketing affairs of the country.
Apart from cricket and legal arena, Jaitley was a darling of the media. Contrary to his popular image of being a serious political analyst, Jaitley was a reservoir of Lutyen's gossip which often landed him on the wrong side of many of his party colleagues who suspected him to be the "source" of many media commentaries on internal affairs. He was at ease with editors and propreitors and held regular 'darbar' with a group of reporters.
There was a joke at one time that if an editor's choice was sought on who should be the Prime Minister, Jaitley would have won hands down!
New24 with Agnecies
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