Former Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart Jaswant Singh passed away at 6:55 am on Sunday at age 82. He had a cardiac arrest this morning.

His COVID-19 status was negative, Delhi’s Army Hospital (R&R) said in its statement. Singh was admitted the hospital on June 25 and was being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome.

Expressing his condolences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the role played by Singh, which included his stints as the External Affairs and Finance Minister during the tenure of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi, said, “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.”

“Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.”

Born on January 3, 1938, Jaswant Singh was a retired officer of the Indian Army. He was one of the founding members of the BJP. He was also one of the longest-serving Parliamentarians and has served as a member of both the Houses. Singh had also authored six books including “Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence” and “Defending India”.

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