Arun Jaitley was the finance minister in the PM Narendra Modi-led government from 2014 to 2019; also briefly held the defence port folio in 2017

New Delhi: Former finance minister and senior Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley breathed his last at 12.07 pm at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday.

As per a statement issued by the media and protocol division of AIIMS, Jaitley was admitted in the hospital on August 9 and was “treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors”.

Official statement released by AIIMS, New Delhi after the demise of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Saturday

Jaitley was the finance minister in the Narendra Modi-led government from 2014 to 2019, and also briefly held the defence portfolio in 2017. He was unable to present the Union Budget on February this year as he was away in the United States for his treatment of a form of cancer. He also underwent a kidney transplant surgery last year.

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After the Modi-led BJP government returned to power in May this year, Jaitley expressed his view to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he would not be part of the new cabinet as he was undergoing some ‘serious health challenges’ in the past 18 months.

Jaitley was leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha from 2009 to 2014. In Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government between 1999 and 2004, he held multiple cabinet portfolios including commerce, and law and justice.

He studied law and was a senior advocate until he stopped practising in 2009 due to his political responsibilities. As a student, he was a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

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