Governor Kalraj Mishra and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday expressed deep grief over the demise of former Finance Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley.

The Governor said Arun Jaitley was an intellectual and a determined leader, excellent administrator and a political giant who made a lasting contribution to the country.

“He will always be remembered for his visionary leadership and his services to the country. As a Finance Minister, he took several important decisions for the welfare of the people of the country,” he added. Mishra prayed for the peace of the departed soul and expressed his sympathies with the bereaved family members.

In his condolence message, the CM said Arun Jaitley served the nation in several capacities and was an asset to the government and the party organisation. Thakur said his knowledge and articulation won him several friends. It was during his tenure as the Finance Minister that the nation took bold decisions like demonetisation and implementation of GST.

“Jaitley was a powerful orator and for many years he was the BJP’s lead speaker in the Rajya Sabha. I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Jaitley and have no words to describe the sense of grief and sadness,” he added.

He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss.

The members of the state Cabinet Mahender Singh, Suresh Bhardwaj, Sarveen Chaudhary, Ram Lal Markanda, Vipin Singh Parmar, Virender Kanwar, Bikram Singh, Govind Singh Thakur and Rajiv Saizal have also expressed their deep condolences on the demise of Arun Jaitley.

State BJP leaders, including party chief Satpal Singh Satti, former CMs Prem Kumar Dhumal, Shanta Kumar, MPs Ramswaroop Sharma, Kishan Kapoor, Suresh Kashyap, Anurag Thakur, organization general secretary Pawan Rana among others also condoled his demise.