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Arun Jaitley consigned to flames; BJP bids farewell to its troubleshooter

Leaders across party lines were present to bid adieu to the former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley's son Rohan performed the last rites at New Delhi's Nigambodh Ghat. SPECIAL COVERAGE ON ARUN JAITLEY

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New Delhi Updated on: August 25, 2019 19:08 IST
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Vice-President Venkaiyah Naidu pays his respects to Arun Jaitley

He was a leader par excellence and man who always stood by what was right. He always spoke his mind but his genial nature won him friends across the political aisles. Arun Jaitley, the unique politician, was cremated with full state honours at Nigambodh Ghat with full state honours.

Leaders from across the political spectrum and scores of his admirers and party workers.

Jaitley's son Rohan performed the last rites.

The 66-year-old BJP stalwart passed away at the AIIMS here on Saturday.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP veteran LK Advani, party president and Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, party's working president J P Nadda, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Anurag Thakur; BJP MPs Vijay Goel and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe; 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, B S Yediyurappa, Nitish Kumar and Trivendra Singh Rawat, respectively, were also there. 

Earlier in the day, his 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 Yamuna river.

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