Leaders remember Arun Jaitley in Bhubaneswar


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday held an all-party ‘Shradhanjali Sabha’ remembering late Arun Jaitley here.

Dignitaries from all parties attended the ceremony.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, and Assembly Speaker Surya Narayan Patro among others remembered Jaitley.

BJP leader and former finance minister took his last breath August 24 at AIIMS.

“I shared a deep personal bond with Jaitley ji, his mentorship steered me through doubt and dilemma and always had a calming influence on me,” said Pradhan.

“I have fond memories of him, framing sentences in his budget document for allocating funds to commemorate the 200 years of Paika rebellion. Good times or difficult,Jaitley ji was a man for all seasons. I pray to Lord Jagannath to bless his family & grant peace to his departed soul,” Pradhan informed.

He said it was Arun Jaitley who allocated funds for Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalabera and approved Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebara Commemorative Coins.