BJP loses key strategist
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New Delhi, Aug. 25 -- Arun Jaitley, who as Finance Minister ushered in India's biggest tax reforms and was the chief troubleshooter of the BJP and the Narendra Modi Government, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Saturday after battling multiple health issues for the last several months. He was 66.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is away on a foreign visit, is not to cut short his tour as suggested by the bereaved family whom Modi spoke to from Bahrain.
In a brief statement, the hospital said Jaitley breathed his last at 12.07 pm. He was admitted to the hospital on August 9 following complaint of breathing difficulty. The cremation will be on Sunday afternoon at the Nigambodh Ghat.
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