New Delhi, Aug. 24 -- : President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday expressed grief at the passing away of former finance minister Arun Jaitley and recalled his contribution to "nation-building".

"Extremely saddened by the passing of Arun Jaitley after battling a long illness with fortitude and dignity. A brilliant lawyer, a seasoned parliamentarian, and a distinguished Minister, he contributed immensely to nation-building," Kovind tweeted.

"Arun Jaitley possessed a unique ability of discharging the most onerous responsibility with poise, passion and studied understanding. His passing leaves a huge void in our public life and our intellectual ecosystem. Condolences to his family and associates," Kovind's second tweet read.

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