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In Photos | Arun Jaitley [1952-2019]

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passed away on August 24 at AIIMS in New Delhi.

An ABVP leader in his student days, Arun Jaitley 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 Mr. Modi came back to power in May 2019, Mr. Jaitley chose to stay away from "any responsibility," citing ill health.

Obituary | Arun Jaitley: A man who played many roles

A lawyer by profession, Mr. Jaitley was widely perceived to be one of the most important ministers during Mr. Modi's first stint as prime minister. He often acted as the chief troubleshooter for the government.

Arun Jaitley, India's former Minister of Finance, died on August 24 after prolonged illness. He was 66 years old.
Arun Jaitley's parents migrated to Delhi from Lahore. His father, Maharaj Kishen Jaitley, was a lawyer. His mother, Ratan Prabha, was a homemaker who devoted her free time to social work. He has two elder sisters. Photo: Arun Jaitley official Facebook page
The veteran leader's political life and legal career spanned more than 40 years. In this photo, Arun Jaitley is sworn in as a Cabinet Minister by President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on January 29, 2003. Photo: AFP
A senior member of the BJP, Arun Jaitley was the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs between 2014 and 2019 under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi. Photo: Reuters
He also served as the Minister of Defence in 2014 and 2017 as also the Minister of Information and Broadcasting from 2014 to 2016.
While he was the Finance Minister, key decisions such as demonetisation, launch of the GST and introduction of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code were taken. Photo: Reuters
He held the portfolios of Commerce and Industry, Law and Justice, and Information and Broadcasting in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
He joined the BJP in 1980, strategising and taking on important party roles. He became the national spokesperson of the party. Photo: AFP
Arun Jaitley was the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha in 2009, when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister. Photo: Kamal Narang
In this 2012 picture, Arun Jaitley is seen with the then Union Minister for Commerce and Textiles Anand Sharma. In his capacity as Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley made vital contributions in discussions on the Women Reservation Bill and supported the Jan Lokpal Bill. Regarding disruptions in Parliament, he said, "There are occasions when obstruction in Parliament brings greater benefits to the country." Photo: V.V. Krishnan
He contested the 2014 elections from Amritsar, but lost to Congress' Amarinder Singh. He was a Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha for Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Photo: PTI
Arun Jaitley graduated in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi. He was a law graduate from the University of Delhi. Arun Jaitleyis seen in this picture leading the Delhi University Students' Union election campaign in August 1974. He went on to become the DUSU president. Photo: The Hindu Archives
He was an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student activist during his college years. Photo: Arun Jaitley official Facebook page
Arun Jaitley prominently took part in the movement launched by Raj Narain and Jayaprakash Narayan in 1973 against corruption. Photo: V.V. Krishnan
He was under preventive detention for a period of 19 months when Emergency was proclaimed in the country, during 1975-77. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
In 1977, he was national convener of the Loktantric Yuva Morcha, which campaigned for the Janata Party in the 1977 General elections. His work earned him the Delhi ABVP president post. He was later made the All India Secretary of the ABVP. Photo: PTI
Jaitley started his legal practice from 1977. He was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court in 1990. Photo: Ramesh Sharma
He was appointed Additional Solicitor General by the V.P. Singh government. In the photo, Arun Jaitley is seen with former Solicitor General of India Ranjit Kumar and former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Arun Jaitley is seen with Pakistan Ambassador to India Aziz Ahmad Khan, inspecting the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi. Jaitley was the vice-president of the BCCI from the North Zone. He was also the president of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1999 and 2012. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
Jaitley has been ailing for a while. He could not present the 2018-19 Union Budget and the 2019-20 Interim Budget due to poor health. He did not contest the Lok Sabha elections 2019 for the same reason.
He was hospitalised at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi last week. Photo: AP
Arun Jaitley is survived by his wife and children. Jaitley married Sangeeta Dogra, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Girdhari Lal Dogra, in 1982. Their children, Rohan and Sonali, are both lawyers. Photo: Arun Jaitley official Facebook page

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