Arun Jaitley Passes Away: Tributes Pour In From Business Leaders
Business leaders paid tributes to senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who died on Saturday.
Jaitley passed away at 12:07 p.m. today, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences said in a statement. He was admitted to the hospital on Aug. 9 and was treated by a multidisciplinary team of senior doctors, according to the statement.
Tributes and condolences poured in from across the business fraternity.
Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra group tweeted that Jaitley “lived by his convictions and committed his life to his country.”
I salute, and pray for the soul of a man who lived by his convictions and committed his life to his country.Anand Mahindra, Chairman. Mahindra Group
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Uday Kotak said Jaitley stood for conviction and commitment and that his presence will be missed.
Bicon Ltd.’s Chairperson and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said she was saddened by the demise of the leader. “He had so much more to contribute to our nation’s development,” she tweeted.
Harsh Goenka, the chairman of RPG Enterprises Ltd., described Jaitley as an outstanding parliamentarian and recalled his courage shown during the introduction of Goods and Services Tax and other reforms.
Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani said in a tweet that Jaitley was a catalyst in the shaping on a new India. “A gifted orator, dynamic parliamentarian, champion of public policy and a man with an invaluable ability to connect with people from different sections, Mr Arun Jaitley’s vision and progressive thinking has been a catalyst in shaping New India. RIP,” he wrote.
Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said India has lost one of the finest political leaders and a legal luminary.
“He had a very personal touch in his dealings, something that attracted people even from the other side of the political spectrum to seek his counsel in resolving complex matters. His legal acumen was highly acclaimed but his sound advice went far beyond and he was sought even for family matters, personal career advice and crisis management of all sorts,” he added.
HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh said the nation has lost one of its tallest leaders. The country will always be beholden to him for leading one of India's most significant reforms of recent times, which was the introduction of GST.
“He was appreciated for listening to the views of industry and then putting forth practical and implementable solutions. As legal and intellectual stalwart, he stood out for his ability to multitask by simultaneously holding charge of key ministries. Deep condolences to his family. India Inc. must honour his legacy,” Parekh said.
Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said it is a irreparable loss, not only to the party but entire nation.
“With his in depth experience in politics, law, finance, and global scenario, I always found him to be a visionary, patient listener, extremely knowledgeable and someone who could visualise and analyse long term implications of any decision. The nation will sorely miss his guidance,” Agarwal added.
JSW Group Chairman Sajjan Jindal said he was mourning the loss of a “great friend”.