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Arun Jaitley

Arun jaitliy was born in New Delhi on  28 December 1952.his father was  Maharaj Kishen Jaitley and his mother  Ratan Prabha Jaitley. he did his schooling at St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi from 1957-69. He graduated in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973. He passed his Law degree from the University of Delhi, in 1977. Jaitley has been married to Sangeeta Jaitley since 24 May 1982. They have two children, son Rohan and daughter Sonali.

Jaitley was an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student leader in the Delhi University Campus in the seventies and rose to be President of the University Students’ Union in 1974. He was also active in civil rights movement and helped found PUCL Bulletin along with Satish Jha and Smitu Kothari. He has been practising law before the Supreme Court of India and several High Courts in the country since 1977. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 1990. He was appointed Additional Solicitor General by the V. P. Singh government in 1989 and did the paperwork for the investigations into the Bofors scandal. Jaitley was a delegate on behalf of the Government of India to the United Nations General Assembly Session in June 1998 where the Declaration on Laws Relating to Drugs and Money Laundering was approved.

Arun Jaitley had been the member of the ABVP, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) during his student years. He has been a member of the national executive of Bharatiya Janata Party since 1991. He became the spokesman of the BJP during the period preceding the 1999 general election. he was appointed Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge) on October 13, 1999. He was the first Minister of Shipping following the bifurcation of the Ministry of Surface Transport. He demitted the office of the Minister for Shipping with effect from September 1, 2001 and as Union Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs on July 1, 2002 to join as a Secretary General, BJP and its national spokesman. He rejoined the Union Cabinet as the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Law & Justice on 29 January 2003. With the defeat of the National Democratic Alliance in May 2004, Jaitley returned to serving the BJP as a General Secretary, and back to his legal career.

He is currently a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat (as of March 2006). He was chosen as the Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha on June 3, 2009 by L.K. Advani. On June 16, 2009 he resigned from the post of General Secretary of BJP as per his party’s One Man One Post principle. He is also a member of the Central Election Committee of the party.

He successfully introduced the eighty-fourth amendment to the Constitution of India in 2002 freezing parliamentary seats until 2026. He successfully introduced the ninety-first amendment to the Constitution of India in 2004 penalising defections

In 2002, Jaitley helped his close associate, Narendra Modi, win the Gujarat Assembly elections with a landslide mandate, winning 126 out of 182 seats. Late in 2007, Jaitley was appointed general secretary in-charge of elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Of the 272 member Corporation, the BJP won 184 wards

Recently, Arun Jaitley had emerged as strategic planner for his track record of managing a number of victories in state Assembly election for the BJP.




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