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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.


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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.

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The former finance minister was fond of cricket and kept himself updated with the scores even when inside the House in Parliament. He was the longest-serving president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Virendra Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are his favourite cricketers.  However, he resigned after the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

INDIA - FEBRUARY 16:  District Cricket Association president Arun Jaitley (L) and Virender Sehwag, vice captain of Indian cricket team, at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium, New Delhi, during a Ranji trophy match between Haryana and Delhi.  (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/The The India Today Group via Getty Images)

INDIA – FEBRUARY 16: District Cricket Association president Arun Jaitley (L) and Virender Sehwag, vice captain of Indian cricket team, at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium, New Delhi, during a Ranji trophy match between Haryana and Delhi. (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/The The India Today Group via Getty Images)

In 2002, he introduced the 84th amendment to the Constitution of India to freeze parliamentary seats until 2026. He also introduced the 91st amendment to the Constitution of India to strengthen the Anti-defection law.

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He contested his first direct election in 2014. Despite being an active member of the party since 1980, he had never contested direct elections. In 2014, he contested his first direct election from Amritsar but lost to INC candidate Amarinder Singh.

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Crucial economic initiatives like demonetisation and implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) were taken by the Modi government under the guidance of Arun Jaitley as the then Finance Minister.


Read Arun Jaitley’s A New India: Selected Writings 2014-19 

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The above information has been taken from the following sources – 

https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-22-interesting-facts-about-arun-jaitley-544515

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/10-things-to-know-about-arun-jaitley-755202.html

https://www.indiaaheadnews.com/nationwide/some-lesser-known-facts-about-arun-jaitley-338643

 

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