Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to his former cabinet colleague and late BJP leader Arun Jaitley on his birth anniversary, and said his warm personality, intellect, legal acumen and wit are missed by all those he closely interacted with.
Other BJP leaders also remembered the previous minister of finance who for several years remained the foremost articulate party voice on a gamut of issues and was considered one among its sharpest political minds.
Born in 1952, Jaitley died in August last year.
“Remembering my friend, Arun Jaitley Ji on his birth anniversary. His warm personality, intellect, legal acumen and wit are missed by all those he closely interacted with. He worked tirelessly for India’s progress,” Modi tweeted.
In his tributes, Home Minister Amit Shah said Jaitley was an impressive parliamentarian whose knowledge and insights had only a few parallels.
“He made an enduring contribution to Indian polity and served the state with great passion & devotion. My heartfelt tributes,” he said.
BJP president J P Nadda said Jaitley are going to be remembered as an articulate orator and capable strategist.
Defence Miniser Rajnath Singh said remembering Jaitley’s contribution to India’s public life and his role in strengthening the party will always be remembered.