Arun Jaitley facts achievements and political journey: Arun Jaitley, a senior member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was the Union Finance Minister when the government of Narendra Modi came into power for the first term. Before this, he held the position of Defence Minister, Corporate Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Law and Justice. Due to his bad health, Arun Jaitley decided not to join the Modi Cabinet in 2019.
Delhi: Former Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passes away at AIIMS. pic.twitter.com/pmr4xiyqYV
— ANI (@ANI) August 24, 2019
- Arun Jailtley has been declared dead today afternoon at 12.07 at AIIMS.
- On 9 August 2019, he was hospitalized at AIIMS in New Delhi under critical condition after complaining of “breathlessness”. And on 17 August, Jaitley was on life-support.
- PM Narendra Modi went to meet him in the hospital on 16th August 2019 before leaving on his Bhutan trip.
- Many BJP senior leaders visited him at AIIMS. BSP chief Mayawati also went to see him.
Here are some Arun Jaitley facts, achievements and political journey.
Arun Jaitley facts achievements and political journey
Arun Jaitley personal life
- He was Born on 28 December 1952 to Maharaj Kishen Jaitley and Ratan Prabha Jaitley, who had migrated from Lahore to Delhi. His father was a lawyer and his mother a housewife.
- He has two elder sisters.
- Most of childhood was spent in Naraina Vihar, New Delhi.
- Arun Jaitley completed his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Delhi in 1973 and graduation in Commerce from Shri Ram College in 1977. He holds a degree of LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi.
- He is married to Sangeeta Dogra, has a daughter Sonali and a son Rohan, both of them went on to become lawyers just like their father.
Arun Jaitley facts, achievements and political journey
- During his college days, he discovered an interest in politics and became president of the Student Union in Delhi University.
- In 1977, during the period of proclamation of Internal Emergency (1975-77), he was also placed under preventive detention twice, first in the Ambala Jail and then in the Tihar Jail, Delhi.
- After coming out from the jail, Jaitley joined Jan Sangh and became Delhi President of ABVP.
- In 1980 he became its Youth Wing President of BJP. He got an opportunity to exhibit his talent. From late 1980 to early 90s BJP was struggling to become the main political party in India. Arun Jaitley played a very important role to transform youth brigade of BJP into mature politicians.
- Jaitley also practiced at Supreme Court of India and became a prominent Lawyer of the country.
- In 1990, he was appointed the Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG). As ASG, he handled the famous BOFORs case when first time cross-border transactions were investigated on a large scale.
- Jaitley became a member of the National Executive of the BJP in 1991.
- Arun Jaitley was also a member of the Indian Delegation to the UN General Assembly in the year 1998, where the Declaration on laws relating to Drugs and Money laundering were adopted.
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- In 1999, when NDA came into power he was made Minister of State and held many portfolios like Law and Justice, Information and Broadcasting and also Minister of State for Disinvestment.
- He became General Secretary of the BJP in 2002.
- Arun Jaitley proved his worth as he became chief strategist of BJP after the death of Pramod Mahajan and Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s retirement. He became the voice of BJP in 2009.
- He also became the Leader of Opposition in 2009 and 2012.
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- He played a very important role during 2014 elections, which BJP won with a huge margin.
- In 2014, he contested for the first time but lost to Congress Leader Amarindar Singh from Amritsar seat.
- He has also served as Vice President of BCCI before resigning in 2014.
- Became Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Minister of Finance, Minister of Defence and Minister of Corporate Affairs in 2014.
- Jaitley got re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in March 2018.
- He did not contest during Lok Sabha elections 2019 due to ill health.
- He has been declared dead on 24 August 2019 at AIIMS, New Delhi.