Former finance minister Arun Jaitley died at the AIIMS in Delhi at 12:07 pm on Saturday (August 24). The 66-year-old BJP leader was undergoing treatment after he was admitted on August 9
New Delhi: Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley was cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi with full state honours on Sunday (August 25) in the presence of leaders from across the political spectrum and scores of his admirers and party workers.
The 66-year-old BJP stalwart passed away at the AIIMS in Delhi on Saturday (August 24). Jaitley’s son Rohan performed the last rites.
From veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP president and home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, BJP's working president JP Nadda, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Anurag Thakur to Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kapil Sibal were among those present at the cremation ground.
Chief ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttarakhand, Devendra Fadnavis, Vijay Rupani, BS Yediyurappa, Nitish Kumar and Trivendra Singh Rawat, respectively, were also seen during the last rites.
Earlier in the day, Jaitley’s body was taken to the BJP headquarters from where it was carried in a flower-decked gun carriage to the cremation ground, amidst slogans of "Jaitley Ji Amar Rahein" (long live Jaitley).
BJP workers and mourners queued up in large numbers outside the party headquarters since morning to pay their last respects to the leader.
Posters remembering Jaitley have been put up on the roads leading to the Nigambodh Ghat, on the banks of the River Yamuna.
BJP leaders in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana also paid tributes to former finance minister at their party headquarters on Sunday.
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Last Updated Aug 25, 2019, 4:24 PM IST