Arun Jaitley's Family Asks PM Not To Cut Short His 3-Nation Visit, Says Report

Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley's Family Asks PM Not To Cut Short His 3-Nation Visit, Says Report 

New Delhi: PM Modi, who is in the UAE on an official visit, today spoke with the family of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley. The former Union Minister passed away at the age of 66. It has been reported that Mr Jaitley's family told the Prime Minister not to cut short his important engagements abroad.

The senior leader of the BJP, Mr Jaitley passed away at Delhi's AIIMS this afternoon after battling an illness. His body will be taken to his home soon and the funeral will be held tomorrow. In a brief statement, the hospital said Arun Jaitley died at 12.07 pm.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-nation visit to France, the UAE and Bahrain. His visit to Bahrain is significant as it will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country.

The UAE government will honour PM Modi with the "Order of Zayed", the highest civilian decoration conferred by the Gulf nation.

The Prime Minister came to the UAE from France, where he will return on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit.

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PM Modi will discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad.

The Prime Minister took to twitter to remember his longtime friend and party colleague Mr Jaitley as "a fiery student leader" who was "at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency."

"BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society," the Prime Minister tweeted.

"Full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma, Arun Jaitley Ji was admired by people across all sections of society. He was multi-faceted, having impeccable knowledge about India's Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration," the Prime Minister tweeted.

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