Indian ex-finance minister's death leaves void for BJP

The funeral procession (above) of former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday.
The funeral procession (above) of former Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS, AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE

Arun Jaitley's many roles included being a troubleshooter, bridge to opposition parties

Mr Arun Jaitley was never considered a leader of the masses. Yet his death leaves behind a big void for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian government.

Mr Jaitley, 66, who had been ill for some time, died in a New Delhi hospital last Saturday, two weeks after he was admitted with breathing difficulties.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2019, with the headline 'Indian ex-finance minister's death leaves void for BJP'. Print Edition | Subscribe