India: Many fondly remember the helpful nature and love of Arun Jaitley's food to say goodbye | India News

NEW DELHI: On Sunday, friends and admirers said goodbye to the former minister of the Union Arun Jaitley remembering him as a leader who, without pretending to be a top leader, helped many people in need and loved to talk about cooking at last.
This 66-aged man died on Saturday at AIIMS and was cremated with all State honors in Nigambodh Ghat Sunday afternoon.
Dozens of people invaded the ground cremation with garlands and flowers in their hands, hoping to have a last glimpse of the leader.
While some knew him from college, some said they grew up learning the nuances of public speaking.
"We lost a great parliamentarian. I would participate in academic debates and listen to Arun Jaitley and Sachma Swaraj to learn from them, "said a government employee.
Jaitley held high positions, but that did not stop him from helping others, he said.
Many other people also said that Jaitley helped people in difficult times.
HN Sharma, 74 years old, political advisor to former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, recounted how the BJP's top leader came to the rescue of a sick freedom fighter whose family did not have him. money to heal him.
"I belong to Ballia. Jai Prakash Narayan introduced me to Jaitley. I've known him since. One day, a freedom fighter became seriously ill and his family did not have enough money to care for him. I asked Jaitley, who was then the
Minister of Finances to help him, "said Sharma.
"Jaitley has made all the arrangements. The freedom fighter was brought to AIIMS and Rs 2 lakh was handed over to his family the next day, "he added.
Joginder Prakash, age 70, who knew Jaitley from college, said, "I had campaigned for him when he challenged the student union polls. I was imprisoned during emergencies. In my back, my shop was demolished. my case before the Supreme Court and won. He did not ask for a penny. "
BJP workers also remembered Jaitley as a "friendly person" who always helped them.
"I used to go to his house with a party leader. He was a very honest and friendly man who barely refused any request for help from party workers, "said Dildar Hussain, a BJP employee in the Jama Masjid area. right here.
While waiting in front of the BJP's office to pay homage to "the sober politician who has never hurt anyone with his words or deeds", Raj Kishore, a worker from Jharkhand echoed his feelings.
"His conduct (with Jaitley) and his manners were irreproachable. I heard several stories about how he helped single party workers every time he approached him, "Kishore said.
KN Srivastava, aged 83, owner of a restaurant in Naraina, recalled Jaitley's craze for food and said that the former Union minister often came to his restaurant to take paranthas.
"He loved food and talked a lot about local cuisine. He would offer free legal advice to people in need and accompany people to the ministries if they had a problem, "he said.

This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA