Former Union minister Arun Jaitley died at AIIMS on 24 August 2019. Jaitley, 66, was undergoing treatment at the hospital for several weeks. He was kept under observation through the day, with a team of doctors including endocrinologists, cardiologists and nephrologists monitoring him. A lawyer by profession, Jaitley was the most important leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet during his first tenure and acted as the chief troubleshooter for the government, especially during the crucial times of demonetisation and GST rollout.
  1. He became the finance minister in 2014 when BJP led by Narendra Modi swept to power. He also briefly held charge of the defence and information & broadcasting ministries. 
  2. He was the key force behind a number of government initiatives such as the establishment of the monetary policy committee, liberalisation of the foreign direct investment framework and abolition of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board.
  3. As FM, Jaitley steered some of the most far-reaching reforms such as the goods and services tax (GST) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. His patient negotiations with states were said to have been key in securing their agreement to ensure the rollout of GST in July 2017.
  4. Jaitley had a renal transplant in May last year at AIIMS, with Piyush Goyal filling in for him at the time. After having stopped attending office since early April 2018, he was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018. 
  5. He underwent surgery in the US in January this year, forcing him to skip the budget presentation. Goyal presented the interim budget for FY20 in his place. 
  6. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.