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Arun Jaitely Passes Away. Remembering His Life And Times With Some Lesser Known Facts

Arun Jaitely Dies

Published on August 24th, 2019

Arun Jaitley, former Finance Minister and BJP stalwart, has died at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital, days after he was admitted following complaints of breathlessness. He was 66.

A senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a member of the Upper House of Parliament since 2000, Jaitley has held several ministerial posts since 1999.

He had served as Finance Minister, Defence Minister, Trade Minister and Law Minister in successive National Democratic Alliance (NDA) governments led by the BJP.

Remembering the life and times of Sh. Arun Jaitely, here are some lesser known facts about Arun Jaitely.

1. Arun Jaitley was born to a family of lawyers, social activists and philanthropists. His father, Maharaj Kishen Jaitley, was also a lawyer.


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2. Mr. Jaitley did his schooling from the St. Xavier’s School (1957-69). He was a graduate from the Shree Ram College of Commerce and was an active debater and President of the student union of the college. Later he did LL.B. from the University of Delhi (1973-77).


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3. Arun Jaitley was the student leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Delhi University Campus and later became the President of the University Students’ Union in 1974.


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4. Arun Jaitley was among the leaders who were jailed by the Indira Gandhi government during the Emergency. He was a student leader at the time.


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5. Arun Jaitley was appointed as the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting for the first time soon after the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government came to power and also the Minister of State for Disinvestment (Independent Charge). He led India in talks at WTO (World Trade Organization) and increased greater access towards emerging markets.


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6. Arun Jaitley served as the General Secretary of the BJP in 2002 and took the same position later on in 2004.


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7. He was the Vice President of the BCCI but resigned after the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

8. Between 2009 and 2014, when the BJP sat in the Opposition benches, Arun Jaitley served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.


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9. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Arun Jaitley had unsuccessfully contested from Amritsar constituency, losing to the Congress party’s Amarinder Singh.


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10. In 2018, Arun Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant surgery, following which he was put under isolation. Four years earlier, in 2014, Arun Jaitley underwent a bariatric surgery to address the excess weight he had gained due to diabetes.


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