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Former finance minister Arun Jaitley cremated with State honours

Leaders from across the political spectrum pay their respects

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 25.08.19, 3:56 PM
  • Updated 25.08.19, 3:56 PM
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A convoy carrying the mortal remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley on its way to the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Sunday, August 25, 2019 Photo by Prem Singh

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat, on the banks of the Yamuna river, in New Delhi, with full State honours on Sunday, August 25, 2019, in the presence of leaders from across the political spectrum and scores of his admirers and party workers.

Jaitley's son Rohan performed the last rites.

The 66-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Saturday.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP veteran LK Advani, party president and home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, the party's working president J P Nadda, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Anurag Thakur, BJP MPs Vijay Goel and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, and Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kapil Sibal were among those present at the cremation ground.

Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu (left) pays his last respects to former finance minister Arun Jaitley before his last rites at Nigambodh Ghat, New Delhi, on Sunday, August 25, 2019
Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu (left) pays his last respects to former finance minister Arun Jaitley before his last rites at Nigambodh Ghat, New Delhi, on Sunday, August 25, 2019 PTI

The chief ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttarakhand, Devendra Fadnavis, Vijay Rupani, B S Yediyurappa, Nitish Kumar and Trivendra Singh Rawat, respectively, were also present.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley's body was taken to the BJP headquarters, where BJP workers and others queued up to pay their last respects. The body was then taken in a flower-decked gun carriage to the cremation ground, amidst slogans of 'Jaitley ji amar rahein' (long live Jaitley).

The roads leading to Nigambodh Ghat were lined with posters bearing pictures of Jaitley.

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