Former union minister Arun Jaitley (28 December 1952 – 24 August 2019) was one of the most articulate defenders of the BJP and its governmental policies both within the Parliament and outside it. As a Parliamentarian and minister, the veteran leader had set a high benchmark of probity. A statesman par excellence, Jaitely was the chief strategic planner of the BJP for the 2014 election and was one of the reasons for its landslide victory. With his knowledge of law and understanding of politics, Jaitley established himself as the man who could manage things in the backroom while also presenting the party’s view to the media and public with elan. Here are a few interesting facts about him:
An active participant protesting the Emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975, he was arrested under preventive detention for 19 months. After being released, he joined the Jan Sangh, the parent party of today’s BJP.
In 1980, when the BJP was formed, Jaitley became its Youth Wing President. From 1980 to the early 90s BJP was struggling to become a mainstream political party in India. Under Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani, BJP was trying to make an impact when Jaitley was given the task to transform the youth brigade of BJP into determined politicians.