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New Delhi : The Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the passing away of the former Union Minister Arun Jaitley. In a message, he said that Jaitley was an outstanding Parliamentarian, legal luminary, towering intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity. Jaitley strove hard and burnt the midnight oil to bring about a consensus across the political spectrum in ushering the revolutionary GST regime in the country, he added.

“I am deeply shocked to learn about the demise of Arun Jaitley, a long time dear friend and one of my closest associates. His death is an irreparable loss to the nation and a personal loss to me. I have no words to express my grief. Outstanding Parliamentarian, legal luminary, towering intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity, Jaitley distinguished himself by effectively handling important portfolios as Union Minister in the cabinets of A B Vajpayee and  Narendra Modi. He was also a recipient of the Best Parliamentarian Award, Vice-President Naidu said.

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