New Delhi, Aug. 25 -- In his passing, the condolence messages and tweets that flooded social media timelines bore witness to former finance minister Arun Jaitley's popularity, which transcended party liaisons. Leaders across the political spectrum took to Twitter to post messages about their personal equation with the late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician.

One of the first to condole his passing was Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, who expressed "deep pain and distress". "Shri Jaitley had a long innings as a public figure, Parliamentarian and Minister and his contributions to public life will forever be remembered," he said.

Her son, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi sent out a tweet: "I am sorry to hear about Mr Arun ...