Arun Jaitley: A leader for all seasons and reasons | IN PICS
Arun Jaitley was a born leader and there is no doubt about it. In his collage days he was an ABVP leader and soon after entering the mainstream politics, he held the Cabinet portfolios of Finance, Defence, Corporate Affairs, Commerce and Industry and Law and Justice in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the Narendra Modi governments. When Modi came back to power in May 2019, Jaitley chose to stay away from "any responsibility," citing ill health. Jaitley died on Saturday (August 24) after prolonged illness. He was 66.
Arun Jaitley was appointed the Additional Solicitor General of India in 1990.
Prime Minister Morarji Desai with Arun Jaitley (R) at an inauguration of a students union function in Delhi, September 25, 1977.
Arun Jaitley is seen in this picture leading the Delhi University Students' Union election campaign in August 1974.
Happy winners of DUSU elections: (Extreme right) Arun Jaitley, vice-president the ABVP with other office-bearers
In 1977, Arun Jaitley started practising law. Jaitely became a senior advocate and later became the Additional Solicitor General of India at the age of 37.
Arun Jaitley was an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student activist during his college years.
Arun Jaitley started his legal practice from 1977. He was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in 1990.
Arun Jaitley joined the Bharatiya Janta Party in 1980.
Arun Jaitley became a member of the National Executive of the BJP in 1991.
Arun Jaitley with former president APJ Abdul Kalam.
In 2002, Arun Jaitley was appointed as General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janta Party.
In 1977, Jaitley, the national convener of the Loktantrik Yuva Morcha formed to campaign for the Janta Party, campaigned all over the country. At the General elections, Congress faced defeat for the first time.
Unseen pictures of Arun Jaitley
He joined the BJP in 1980, strategising and taking on important party roles. He became the national spokesperson of the party.
Arun Jaitley with senior BJP leader LK Advani
Jaitley was also appointed Minister of State for Disinvestment (Independent Charge), a new ministry created for the first time to give effect to the policy of disinvestments under the World Trade Organization regime and took over the additional charge of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs on 23 July 2000 following the resignation of Ram Jethmalani.
In this picture, Arun Jaitley is seen with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee