Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh passed away on Sunday morning (September 27th 2020) at the age of 82. He was in a coma for the last six years. “Major Jaswant Singh (Retired), former Cabinet minister, passed away at 6:55 am today. He was admitted on 25 June and was being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome. He had a cardiac arrest this morning. His Covid status is negative.” Said the Army hospital in its statement.
‘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.’ Read a tweet by Rajnath Singh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences by tweeting ‘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 served in the Indian Army before taking the reign as Finance Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government of 1966. He was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He also served as Minister of external affairs between 1998-2002 and once again as the Finance minister in 2002.He contested in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections as an independent candidate against a candidate from his own party after not being fielded from the Barmer constituency in Rajasthan. This ultimately led to him getting expelled from the party.