Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi with full state honours on Sunday. His cremation was attended by scores of leaders from across the political spectrum and his admirers.
The 66-year-old BJP leader passed away at the AIIMS in New Delhi on Saturday. Arun Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS on August 9 and was treated by a multi-disciplinary team of senior doctors. His condition deteriorated on Friday night.
His last rites were performed by his son Rohan Jaitley.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP veteran LK Advani, party president and Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, party’s working president J P Nadda, Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Anurag Thakur; BJP MPs Vijay Goel and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe; Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kapil Sibal were among those present at the cremation ground.
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 there.
Earlier in the day, his body was taken to the BJP headquarters from where it was carried in a flower-decked gun carriage to the cremation ground, amidst slogans of ‘Jaitley ji amar rahein’ (long live Jaitley).
BJP workers and mourners queued up in large numbers outside the party headquarters since morning to pay their last respects to the leader.
Posters remembering Jaitley have been put up on the roads leading to the Nigambodh Ghat, on the banks of the Yamuna river.