New Delhi: India’s sporting fraternity mourned the demise of senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday.
Jailtley, who was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, passed away at 12:07 PM today. He was 66.
It may be noted that Jaitley had served the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) as president between 1999-2013. He has also been associated with the BCCI.
Several sportspersons have expressed their grief over the passing away of Arun Jaitley.
Shocked & saddened to hear about the passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji. He was genuinely a good person, always willing to help others. He took out his precious time back in 2006 when my father passed away to come to my home & pay his condolences. May his soul rest in peace.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 24, 2019
पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री श्री अरुण जेटली जी के असामयिक निधन की खबर बेहद दुःखद है। भगवान उनकी आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करें।#ArunJaitley
— geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) August 24, 2019
But under his leadership at the DDCA, many players including me got a chance to represent India. He listened to needs of the players & was a problem solver. Personally shared a very beautiful relationship with him. My thoughts & prayers are with his family & loved ones. Om Shanti https://t.co/Kl4NpprR6W
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 24, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 24, 2019
A former IPL Governing Council member, Shri Arun Jaitley was a passionate cricket follower and a respected administrator.
May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/zZelmQCWPj
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) August 24, 2019
A father teaches u to speak but a father figure teaches u to talk. A father teaches u to walk but a father figure teaches u to march on. A father gives u a name but a father figure gives u an identity. A part of me is gone with my Father Figure Shri Arun Jaitley Ji. RIP Sir.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 24, 2019
Jaitley, first became a Cabinet minister in the government of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000. He then also went on to serve as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from June 2009.
He was appointed the Finance Minister in the first term of Modi government in 2014. He opted out of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing health reasons.