Jaswant Singh, a minister in the Atal government and one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has passed away. He was 82 and in a coma for the past six years. According to a statement issued by the Army Hospital in Delhi, “Former Cabinet Minister Major Jaswant Singh (Rita) died at 6.55 am today.” He was admitted on June and was undergoing treatment for multiorgan dysfunction syndrome with sepsis. He suffered a cardiac arrest this morning. Their Kovid status is negative. ‘
Apart from Defense, also handled the Ministry of Finance and External Affairs
Jaswant Singh, who was a major in the Indian Army, later joined politics. Among the leaders who founded the BJP, Jaswant represented the BJP in both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. In the government headed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he held ministries like defense, foreign and finance between 1996 and 2004. As Finance Minister Jaswant Singh introduced the State Value Added Tax (VAT), which led to more revenue revenue for the states. He also reduced custom duty. In 2014, BJP did not give Singh the ticket for Lok Sabha elections from Barmer. Angered Jaswant left the party and contested as an independent but lost. The same year he suffered severe head injuries, since then he was in a coma.
PM Modi calls his son
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Jaswant’s son Manvendra over the phone and expressed his condolences. Modi said in a tweet, “Jaswant Singh ji first served the country as a soldier, then by being connected with politics for a long time. In Attlee’s government, he held important portfolios and made his mark in the fields of finance, defense and foreign affairs. I am saddened by his demise. He will be remembered for his unique perspective on the subjects of politics and society. He also contributed to strengthen the BJP. I will always remember the conversation between us. “
Will be remembered for his brilliant record of intellectual abilities and service – Defense Minister Rajnath Singh
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh wrote, “I am deeply saddened by the death of BJP veteran and former minister Jaswant Singh. He served the country in many important positions including Defense Minister. His tenure as a minister and MP has been memorable. Jaswant Singh ji will be remembered for his intellectual abilities and his superb record of service. He played an important role in strengthening the BJP in Rajasthan. Condolences to his family and supporters in this hour of grief. “
Plain went to Kandahar after terrorists hijacked
In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Jaswant handled all three important portfolios like foreign, defense and finance. On 24 December 1999, Indian Airlines flight number IC-814 was hijacked and taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Indian government had to leave three terrorists to save the passengers. The terrorists who were released included Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Ahmed Umar Saeed Sheikh and Maulana Masood Azhar. Jaswant had gone to Kandahar regarding these terrorists. After nuclear tests in 1998, the US imposed strict restrictions on India. Then Jaswant spoke to America. During the Kargil war in 1999, his role was also important.
Once the party pulled out, it left the party itself
In 2012, the BJP nominated him as the Vice Presidential candidate but lost to UPA’s Hamid Ansari. In his book, Jaswant praised Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The BJP expelled him from the party. He returned in 2010. In 2014, the BJP did not give him the Lok Sabha ticket. The BJP fielded Colonel Sonaram Choudhary from his Barmer seat. After this Jaswant again left the BJP. Independents contested but lost. This year he suffered a head injury. After this, Jaswant was in a coma.