New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday morning, headed to former Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s house, few hours after he had returned from his international tour. PM Modi was on an official foreign tour when the former minister passed away on Saturday.
The three-nation tour, including the G-7 Summit in France, was wrapped up by Modi last night and the prime minister landed in Delhi earlier this morning. He was headed to the former union minister’s south Delhi house to pay his tributes to the BJP stalwart and meet the bereaved family. The prime minister was escorted into the Jaitley residence by Home Minister Amit Shah, who was already present there.
Tributes were being paid to Jaitley and condolences were extended to the former minister’s wife Sangeeta Jaitley, daughter Sonali and son Rohan. Over 40 minutes were being spent by Modi with the family.
The prime minister reportedly turned emotional while condoling Jaitley’s family with anecdotes from the four decades he had spent working for the Jana Sangha, RSS and BJP along with the stalwart.
At the age of 66, Jaitley breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday. He had been under the critical care of a super specialized team of doctors since 9 August .
When the news of Arun Jaitley’s death came in, Modi was in the UAE. PM Modi, in his tweets described Jaitley as a “political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary”. Jaitley is also described as an articulate leader who made a lasting contribution to Indian politics. Modi had then also spoken to the faimly of the political giant and strategist for the BJP.
Later, the Indian community in Bahrain was addressed by the prime minister, who spoke again about how he was bound by his duty on one hand and his heart was full of emotions on the other. “I cannot think that I am here in Bahrain and my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more,” Modi said in an emotional speech.
Modi has worked closely with Arun Jaitley and both the eminent leaders go back to nearly four decades. In the late nineties, the bond became closer as Arun Jaitley became a Rajya Sabha member for the first time from Gujarat where Modi had been active. Few years from then, Modi was raised to Gandhinagar as the Chief Minister and Jaitley was among those in the BJP who had pitched him. Ten years down the lane, Jaitley was among the first to back Modi for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, as the BJP’s presumptive prime minister.