Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid glowing tributes to former Union minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away last month, saying his life “inspires us to work harder for the nation”.
Describing Jaitley as a “very close friend”, Modi said he was a “stalwart blessed with so much talent”. “He was a multi-faceted personality. I miss his presence,” Modi said at a ‘Shradhanjali Sabha’ held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.
“Jaitley ji had health ailments but if one spoke to him, he was more concerned about the nation. Serving the nation energised him,” he said.
Modi said whatever work Jaitley got, he added tremendous value to that.
“We will all remember so many memories with Arun ji. His life inspires us to work harder for the nation,” the prime minister said.
Regretting not being ofesevt when Jaitley passed away, PM said, “I never thought a day will come when I’ll have to pay tribute to my friend. We were friends for so long but I couldn’t pay my last respects to him, there will always be a burden on my heart because of it.”
“Jaitley Ji had health ailments but if one spoke to him, he was more concerned about the nation. Serving the nation energised him,” the PM said.
He praised Jaitley as a lawyer and said, “If a client spoke to Jaitley Ji in private, the client would be disappointed. Because he or she would feel Jaitley Ji was not bothered about the case. But, in court Jaitley Ji was so brilliant, he would know all the facts of the case and ensure that the case is won.”
Starting the prayer meeting, BJP Working president JP Nadda said, “Presence of opposition leaders here is evidence of his ability of working together with everyone. During his student life, when others were focusing on their careers, he spent 19 months in jail during emergency.”
The prayer meeting was attended by Jaitley’s wife Sangeeta and daughter Sonali.