Former union minister and ex-BJP leader Jaswant Singh passed away this morning. 82 years old, Jaswant Singh was a retired officer of the Indian Army. The news of his death was announced by Union defence minister Rajnath Singh through Twitter.
Rajnath tweeted, “Deeply pained by the passing away of veteran BJP leader & former Minister, Shri Jaswant Singh ji. He served the nation in several capacities including the charge of Raksha Mantri. He distinguished himself as an effective Minister and Parliamentarian.
Shri Jaswant Singh ji would be remembered for his intellectual capabilities and a stellar record in service to the nation. He also played a key role in strengthening the BJP in Rajasthan. Condolences to his family and supporters in this sad hour. Om Shanti.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mourned in the death of Jaswant Singh, who was one of the founding members of the BJP. Jaswant Singh held position in defence, external affairs and finance ministry in Vajpayee government’s different ministries from 1996-2004. But he was expelled from BJP in 2014 due differences.
“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,” says Modi’s tweet.