Former finance minister Arun Jaitley breathed his last at New Delhi's AIIMS hospital where he had been admitted to since August 9. His last rites will be performed at Nigambodh Ghat, New Delhi
New Delhi: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley will be cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday (August 25) afternoon.
According to a Delhi BJP leader, Jaitley's mortal remains would be brought to the party headquarters at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg in New Delhi around 10:30 am for his admirers and followers to pay their last respects.
From the BJP headquarters, it will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of river Yamuna for performing the last rites around 2:30 pm.
Jaitley died at the AIIMS hospital at 12:07 pm on Saturday (August 24). The 66-year-old leader was undergoing treatment at the hospital, where he was admitted on August 9.
After his demise at the hospital, the body was taken to his Kailash Colony residence.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP chief Amit Shah, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and several politicians cutting across party lines offered floral tributes to Jaitley at his residence on Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in the UAE, took to Twitter to say that Jaitley was a "political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary".
"Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary. He was an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to India. His passing away is very saddening. Spoke to his wife Sangeeta Ji as well as son Rohan, and expressed condolences. Om Shanti (sic)," PM Modi tweeted.
The film fraternity reacted to the demise of former finance minister Arun Jaitley and said, "A strong and a visionary leader who went too soon."
Last Updated Aug 25, 2019, 10:14 AM IST