Letter to BS: Arun Jaitley's life was much more than his term as FM

New Delhi: In this Jan 13, 2019 file photo, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely leaves after visit Hunar Haat Exhibition in New Delhi.
This refers to the editorial “The Jaitley era” (August 26). Arun Jaitley, the former finance minister, was a man of many parts — an astute politician, a legal luminary, a much-respected parliamentarian and a multi-tasker who handled diverse portfolios in the Narendra Modi cabinet. Given his genius, it is improbable that he would have favoured the introduction of demonetisation without proper planning or the implementation of GST so soon after demonetisation. But his commitment to Narendra Modi was total and he did his best to justify them. The execution of GST and navigation of the deliberations of the GST Council are a tribute to his superlative negotiation skills, strong relationships he built with Opposition leaders and his power of persuasion.

Y G Chouksey, Pune

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