New Delhi: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu attended a prayer meeting held in memory of Late Arun Jaitley, the former union Finance Minister, in New Delhi and paid his respects.
Naidu took to social media to pay tributes to Late Arun Jaitley, and said that Jaitley was a close associate and a dear friend. “Jaitley ji will forever be remembered as one of the most prominent architects of India’s socio-economic resurgence”, he said.
The Vice President said that Arun Jaitley was an outstanding Parliamentarian, legal luminary, towering intellectual, an able administrator and a statesman of impeccable integrity. “He distinguished himself by effectively handling important portfolios as Union Minister”, he added.
Referring to Jaitley’s vast repertoire of knowledge and his grasp of both national and international issues, Naidu said that he would be missed by one and all for the hall mark perspectives he used to present on all major issues, enriching public and parliamentary discourse.
Observing that Arun Jaitely epitomized versatility and was a multi-faceted genius, the Vice President said that he possessed remarkable clarity of thought and conviction. “He was a communicator par excellence and would articulate the most of complex issues in a simple manner”, he added.
The Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah and a number of other dignitaries were present at the occasion.
The Vice President also attended a condolence meeting for Late Jaipal Reddy and paid his tributes to the leader. He said that Jaipal Reddy was an intellectual giant and a great orator and added that he was always forthright in his views.
Referring to Reddy’s stellar performance as a student at the Osmania University, the Vice President said that he was erudite and scholarly, who possessed an in-depth knowledge on matters mundane as well as philosophical. “He made a mark right from his student days and was able to hold the attention of the audience on any subject—be it national or international”, he added.
Recalling that Reddy and he were fellow-travellers for a considerable period in the politics of united Andhra Pradesh, the Vice President said that he was a friendly guide.
Highlighting Reddy’s mastery over the languages – English as well Telugu, Naidu said that he was a brilliant Parliamentarian whose speeches were laced with wit, sarcasm, and humor.
The Vice President said that Reddy’s life should become a role model for other politicians and added that he was an upright person and a man of integrity who dedicated his life in the service of common people. “Jaipal Reddy was a gentleman-politician and known for his qualities of head and heart”, he added.
The former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries were present at the occasion.