Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh died on Sunday. He was 82.
He died today at 6:55 am of a cardiac arrest at Delhi’s Army Hospital where he was admitted in June, the hospital said in a statement.
Tributes started pouring in on Twitter soon after with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he “left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs” in a tweet.
“Jaswant Singh Ji served our nation diligently, first as a soldier and later during his long association with politics. During Atal Ji’s Government, he handled crucial portfolios and left a strong mark in the worlds of finance, defence and external affairs. Saddened by his demise,” the Prime Minister’s tweet read.
Jaswant Singh, who was from Rajasthan, had served as India’s foreign minister, defense minister and finance minister. He was an officer in the Army in the 1950s and 60s but he later resigned to pursue a career in politics.
Here are the tributes for Jaswant Singh:
Deeply pained by the passing away of veteran BJP leader & former Union Minister Shri Jaswant Singh ji. His contribution to the party & handling crucial Ministries incl Finance, Defence & External Affairs will be always remembered. My condolences to his family members. Om Shanti🙏
– B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) September 27, 2020
Jaswant Singh dies: Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh extended his condolences
“Saddened to learn about the demise of multifaceted veteran and leader Sh Jaswant Singh ji,” he tweeted.
V sad to hear about the demise of Sh Jaswant Singh ji. He worked for the country all his life, whether inside the govt or outside. May his soul rest in peace.
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 27, 2020
Smriti Irani condoled the death of Jaswant Singh
“Pained with the passing away of Jaswant Singh ji , a stalwart who served our Nation diligently; be it politics or the armed forces. My condolences to his loved ones and supporters. Om Shanti,” Ms Irani tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi also tweeted: “Spoke to Shri Manvendra Singh and expressed condolences on the unfortunate demise of Shri Jaswant Singh Ji. True to his nature, Jaswant Ji fought his illness with immense courage for the last six years.”
BJP leader Ram Madhav condoled Jaswant Singh’s death
“Sh Jaswant Singh was a scholar-leader of great majesty, integrity and credibility. Made a mark for himself as d Foreign Minister n Defense Minister in Vajpayee govt. End of another stalwart of a glorious past era. My sincere condolences to Manvendra n family. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.