New Delhi, News24 Bureau, August 24: Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitely passed away at AIIMS on Saturday after prolonged illness. Jaitley had undergone dialysis on Thursday.
"It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Member of Parliament (MP) at 12:07 p.m. on Saturday. Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi on August 9 and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors," said Aarti Vij, Chairperson, Media and Protocol, AIIMS.
Soon after the news of his death, a number of political leaders, cricketers and Bollywood celebrities expressed grief over the shocking news.
Lata Mangeshkar tweeted, ''Deeply saddened by the sad demise of Arun Jaitley ji. A dynamic leader, a thorough gentleman and our former Finance Minister. Very kindly, he had come over to meet me and we spoke for a long time. Will cherish those memories. Heartfelt condolences to the family.''
Sunny Deol wrote, ''Nation loses another great leader.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.#ArunJaitley.''
Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, ''#RIPArunJaitley ... the nation mourns a strong and assured leader today....thoughts and prayers with his family and loved ones....''
Nimrat Kaur tweeted, ''Deepest condolences and heartfelt grief on the passing of Arun Jaitley ji. Never had the opportunity to meet him but always felt great fortune in sharing the same college as him. His contributions and remarkable legacy remain exemplary for generations to come. #RIPArunJaitley.''
Riteish Deshmukh tweeted, ''Deeply saddened by the passing away of Shri #ArunJaitley ji... deepest condolences to the family & loved ones.''