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Arun Jaitley, former minister and one of BJP's tallest leaders, cremated with full state honours

Former union finance minister and BJP veteran Arun Jaitley was cremated with full state honours in the presence of his family members and galaxy of leaders from across the political spectrum at Delhi's Nigam Bodh Ghat crematorium on Sunday afternoon.

Arun Jaitley, former minister and one of BJP's tallest leaders, cremated with full state honours

New Delhi: Former union finance minister and BJP veteran Arun Jaitley was cremated with full state honours in the presence of his family members and galaxy of leaders from across the political spectrum at Delhi's Nigam Bodh Ghat crematorium on Sunday afternoon.

His funeral procession was earlier brought from the BJP headquarters to the Nigam Bodh Ghat, where his last rites are being performed. The senior BJP leader's mortal remains were taken from AIIMS to his residence in Kailash Colony on Saturday where a gamut of political leaders cutting across party lines gathered to pay their tributes to the BJP stalwart. From here, Jaitley's mortal remains were shifted to BJP headquarters around 11 AM on Sunday for party workers and the public to pay their last respects. 

The entire BJP leadership including BJP veteran LK Advani, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa were present at Nigam Bogh Ghat. 

Following the demise of Jaitley, a master strategist and key troubleshooter for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, tributes and condolences started pouring within minutes from across the nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a foreign tour, in a series of tweets called Jaitley a political stalwart, towering intelligent and a sensible person with a good sense of humour.

Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election, because of his ill-health. In May this year, Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi for treatment. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14 last year at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the Finance Ministry at that time.