Bhubaneswar, August 24 (LocalWire): The demise of the former finance minister at AIIMS, Delhi on Saturday has shocked many state leaders. Nearly all major leaders cutting across party lines paid their homage to the leader.
“I am extremely shocked to hear about the passing away of former union minister and our senior leader Arun Jaitely. His contribution to India’s polity and economic development would be remembered.
My thoughts are with his family in this time of grief,” tweeted Odisha BJP leader Jual Oram, who had been a colleague of Jaitley both during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi led government at the centre.
State chief minister Naveen Patnaik praised the leader for his contribution to the governance model in his condolence tweet. “He was a distinguished lawyer, parliamentarian and an erudite person. His contribution to governance has been profound. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, friends, and followers,” Patnaik said.
Odisha Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal described him as a public intellectual while paying his tribute.
“Hon’ble Governor condoles the sad demise of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley Ji and conveys his deep sympathy to bereaved family & constituents,” a tweet from the official handle of the Odisha governor stated.
The governor also termed Jaitley as a great public intellectual and a tall leader whose contribution to the governance will be remembered forever.
Union Minister of state from Odisha, Pratap Chandra Sarangi tweeted that the nation will miss him forever. “My Deep condolences to the bereaved family and heartfelt tribute to the untimely demise of Arjunji. The country will miss him forever for his endless contributions to politics, both inside and outside the Parliament. His speeches and participation in the Parliament will immortal him,” he said in a tweet.
State BJP unit leaders said they were in extreme shock to hear the news.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee also paid its homage to the former Union Minister. ”We are deeply saddened to know about the demise of Arun Jaitley. Our condolences to his family and closed ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of grief,” a statement from the state Congress committee said.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJP) also expressed sadness over the demise of the leader.