Nation bids adieu as Jaitley is cremated with state honours

first_imgNew Delhi: The heavens opened up in Delhi as India bid a tearful farewell to former Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was cremated with full state honours at the Nigambodh Ghat here on Sunday afternoon. Some of the most distinguished politicians across party lines paid their last respects to the man often referred to as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s troubleshooter. Jaitley’s mortal remains were brought to the party’s national headquarters earlier in the day, in an Army truck adorned with flowers and garlands, where senior party members and Opposition leaders alike paid their last tributes along with several Cabinet and Union ministers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsJaitley’s mortal remains were brought to the party headquarters around 11 am in the day, even before which scores of party workers lined up there to get a chance to catch a glimpse of their beloved leader for the last time. There were two entrances — one for MPs, ministers, other VIPs and another for the public. Ranveer Rana, a senior party worker in Meerut, while waiting in line said: “This is a big loss for India. Personally, this is a huge loss — he has helped me on so many occasions and others as well.” Moreover, there was M K Mishra, who came to pay his tribute and see Jaitley for the last time. “There is no one like him anymore. All the leaders play the blame-game and he, not choosing to indulge in it, was something I found extremely respectable,” he added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayArun Jaitley’s mortal remains were kept at the BJP headquarters where several senior party members and several Opposition leaders paid their last respects. A Bhutanese envoy from the Delhi Embassy was also present. Delhi Police officers, CRPF personnel and other law enforcement agencies ensured foolproof security arrangements. However, there were intermittent traffic jams in the area. At around 2 pm, when the sun still prevailed, Jaitley’s mortal remains were placed in a decorated Army truck which was on its way to the Nigambodh Ghat. Just before his cremation, the heavens opened up as supporters, family members and the masses bid adieu to their beloved leader. The Vice-President, Lok Sabha Speaker, senior party members including L K Advani and others close to the party were present during the last rites, including ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Prakash Javadekar. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were also present along with NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel. A little after 3 pm, his son Rohan performed the last rites. See P3&P5last_img

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