Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who died on Saturday at AIIMS, will be cremated with full state honours at Nigambodh Ghat today afternoon. Jaitley passed away at AIIMS on Saturday due to a prolonged illness. He was 66.
Jaitley's mortal remains have left from the party headquarters in Delhi and have reached Nigambodh Ghat, where the cremation will be held shortly. On Saturday, the body was kept at his residence where President Ram Nath Kovind, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, and several other leaders across the political spectrum offered floral tributes to the former Union minister.
Below are the live updates:
3:15 PM: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley cremated with full state honours in Nigam Bodh Ghat in New Delhi.
2:55 PM: The mortal remains of Arun Jaitley are going to be placed on the pyre very soon. The cremation will begin shortly.
2:35 PM: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, at Nigambodh Ghat for Arun Jaitley's funeral.
Apart from BJP leaders, representatives from across the political spectrum gather at Nigambodh Ghat for the last rites of the former finance minister. Prominent legal personalities, and members from the cricketing world also present.
2:25 PM: Mortal remains of former Union Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley will be cremated with full state honours at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi.
2:20 PM: Arun Jaitley's mortal remains has reached Nigambodh Ghat.
1: 40 PM: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik paid his last tribute to Former Union Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley today.
1:14 PM: Former Union Minister Arun Jaitley's mortal remains have left from BJP headquarters to Nigambodh Ghat where the funeral will be held.
1:10 PM: Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Piyush Goyal and Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das pay their last tributes to Former Union Minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley.
Delhi: Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Piyush Goyal and Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das pay last respects to Former Union Minister and BJP leader #ArunJaitley at BJP headquarters. pic.twitter.com/oaosUCLbG9— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019
12:28 PM: BJP working president JP Nadda, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Yoga Guru Ramdev paid their last tribute at the party headquarters, saying the BJP would seek his strategy whenever there was an election in the state. "He has been a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat. We have won several elections in the state by working on his strategy. We will always feel his absence," Rupani told reporters.
12:22 PM: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's funeral to be held at Nigambodh Ghat today at 2:30 pm. Jaitley's mortal remains will be kept at BJP headquarters till 1:30 pm.
12:15 PM: On Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shahpaid his last respects to Arun Jaitley at his residence. “With a heavy heart, paid tributes to Arun Jaitley ji. Offered my condolences to his family,” Shah said on Twitter.
With a heavy heart, paid tributes to Arun Jaitley ji. Offered my condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/AJYmYackRc— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 24, 2019
12: 01 PM: Mortal remains of the Former Union Minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley were brought to the party headquarters. Jaitley's mortal remains will be taken to Nigambodh Ghat for cremation in the afternoon
11:45 AM: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Working President of Bharatiya Janata Party, JP Nadda, pay their tributes to former Union Minister Arun Jaitley, at BJP headquarters.
Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Working President of Bharatiya Janata Party, JP Nadda, pay respects to former Union Minister #ArunJaitley, at party headquarters. pic.twitter.com/IFZDfhR8P4— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019
11:30 AM: Several BJP leaders and family members accompanied the convoy carrying Jaitley's mortal remains. Senior party leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, paid tribute to Jaitley by offering flowers to his body packed in a red colour casket.
11:06 AM: Outside the party office, people chanted "Jab tak suraj chand rahega Jaitley tera naam rahega" (Your name will endure as long as the Sun and the Moon exist)" and 'Jaitley ji amar rahe' (You live long forever). BJP workers and mourners are queued up in large numbers outside the party headquarters to pay their last respects to the leader.
11:05 AM: The body will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna river for performing the last rites around 2.30 pm with full State honours, a senior BJP leader said.
11:00 AM: The mortal remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley were on Sunday morning brought to the BJP headquarters here for his admirers and followers to pay their last respects. His body was brought to the BJP headquarters located on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg here from his Kailash Colony residence.