I Miss My Friend A Lot: PM Modi On Arun Jaitley’s First Death Anniversary
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday remembered his late Cabinet colleague and friend of many decades Arun Jaitley on his first death anniversary and said he diligently served India.
“On this day, last year, we lost Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. I miss my friend a lot. Arun Ji diligently served India. His wit, intellect, legal acumen and warm personality were legendary. Here is what I had said during a prayer meeting in his memory,” Modi tweeted, posting a video of his speech at the condolence meeting held here for Jaitley last year.
On this day, last year, we lost Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. I miss my friend a lot.
Arun Ji diligently served India. His wit, intellect, legal acumen and warm personality were legendary.
Here is what I had said during a prayer meeting in his memory. https://t.co/oTcSeyssRk
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2020
Besides the prime minister, other top BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president J P Nadda, paid rich tributes to him.
Remembering Arun Jaitley ji, an outstanding politician, prolific orator and a great human being who had no parallels in Indian polity. He was multifaceted and a friend of friends, who will always be remembered for his towering legacy, transformative vision and devotion to nation.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 24, 2020
प्रखर नेता, विचारक, पद्म भूषण से सम्मानित पूर्व वित्त मंत्री स्व. श्री अरुण जेटली जी की प्रथम पुण्यतिथि पर उन्हें शत् शत् नमन। राष्ट्र निर्माण में उनकी जनकल्याणकारी नीतियों एवं योजनाओं का अप्रतिम योगदान सदैव याद किया जाएगा। pic.twitter.com/mYkrxfJVA5
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) August 24, 2020
Fondly remembering Shri Arun Jaitley ji on his death anniversary. A true friend, mentor and a guiding light,Jaitley saheb, was a man for all seasons. Always achieving the impossible,he will be remembered for ushering some of India’s biggest post-independence reforms. #ArunJaitley pic.twitter.com/1tOE2oV8dV
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 24, 2020
— Pratap Sarangi (@pcsarangi) August 24, 2020
A year ago Arun Jaitley Ji left behind a great void, in India’s polity & the hearts of millions of admirers. A top political leader, he was also an ace lawyer, orator, avid reader & writer, friend & mentor to countless people. I was privileged to have known & been guided by him🙏
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) August 24, 2020
A key BJP leader and a crucial member of the party’s brain trust for decades, Jaitley was an articulate champion of the saffron party’s policies and ideology, and his warm personality and affable manners won him friends across the political spectrum.
He served as the Union finance minister in the first Modi government and wore many hats in public life, from that of a lawyer to a politician and a cricket administrator. He died at 66 years of age last year after battling prolonged illness.