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With me, Arun Jaitley was always indulgent like a mother, stern disciplinarian like a father: Sukhbir Badal

Chandigarh, August 24, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

SAD president and former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal today described Mr Arun Jaitley’s ‘most untimely demise’ as a “tragedy too profound for words.”

“The country has lost one of its most remarkable sons who not completely symbolised the true secular, liberal and federal spirit of the nation but remained committed to this ideal all his life. Hetaught the countrymen to get rid of suicidal instincts like intolerance and mutual hatred. His persona was a signature for peace and communal harmony in the country,” said Mr Badal, adding that it was a huge and irreparable personal for him.

” I could always turn to him with any problem and “he would always be indulgently affectionate as a mother but sternly disciplinarian like a strict father with me. But whenever it concerned an issue concerning Punjab, he was always indulgent, loving and caring towards my endless demands for my state.”

Mr Badal said that no one symbolised the creative fusion of the old India with the new as Mr Jaitley did. ” It is because of this fusion of the ancient uniqueness with the rich lingual, cultural, regional and religious diversity of today India that India has emerged and is being accepted now as the natural leader of the new global village. A lot of credit for this goes to Vajpayee Sahib and Jaitley Sahib,” said Mr Badal

The SAD president said that it is a profoundly sad day especially for every Punjabi as ” Punjab stands bereaved today, having lost one of its most brilliant, brave and suave sons who lent dignity, grace and high respectability to politics, making everyone understands that it is much, much more than a mere pursuit of power at any cost.

At a time when events in several parts of the country were threatening to turn our democracy into an ‘organised anarchy’ and people were becoming cynical about politicians and about the future of democracy in India, it was first Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and then Mr Arun Jaitley who stepped on to the centre stage and restored people’s faith in the democratic system and consequently in a bright and brilliant future of the country.

The significance of the role Mr Jaitley played in the restoration of people’s faith in the system will be appreciated more and more as time progresses,” said Mr Badal expressing his deep sorrow over the ‘most untimely demise of the former Finance Minister of India.

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