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Lost a close friend of over five decades: Rajat Sharma mourns Arun Jaitley's demise

India TV Editor-In-Chief and Chairman Rajat Sharma has expressed deep sorrow on Arun Jaitley's death. Rajat Sharma was a close friend of Arun Jaitley for over 50 years.

Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: August 24, 2019 20:58 IST
Former Union Minister and India TV Editor-In-Chief and

Former Union Minister and India TV Editor-In-Chief and Chairman Rajat Sharma at a conclave of India TV earlier this year. 

India TV Editor-In-Chief and Chairman Rajat Sharma has expressed deep sorrow on the passing away of Arun Jaitley, former Union Minister and his close friend.

"I have lost a dear and close friend for five decades," Rajat Sharma said. "In his passing away, India has lost an able administrator, a fine jurist and an incorruptible politician. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Om Shanti," Rajat Sharma said.

Arun Jaitley passed away at Delhi's AIIMS on Saturday. He breathed his last at 12.07 pm. Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on August 9 and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors. 

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet in the BJP government's first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.

Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election, because of his ill-health.

For the BJP, Arun Jaitley was a man for all seasons -- a strategist who crafted its rise in many states, a suave and moderate face who won the saffron party new allies and an articulate champion of its cause whose persuasive skills were a valuable asset for its leadership.

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