Gujarat minister pays homage to Arun Jaitley

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15 Aug 2019

BJP minister pays 'homage' to Jaitley, observes 'two-minutes silence'. What?

In a shocking incident, a minister of Gujarat state government paid homage to BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a function on August 10, reports TOI.

Vasan Ahir, who is Gujarat's Minister of State for Tourism, committed the blunder at a public function in Kutch.

Along with the attendees, he also observed "two minutes of silence".

Here's what happened.

Event

Event's theme was farmers' training, another BJP leader attended it

The event was organized in Bidad village of Kutch's Mandvi Taluka and Ahir was invited as the chief guest. The theme of the function was farming-oriented training.

The attendees consisted of farmers and dignitaries. Reportedly, Rajendrasinh Jadeja, BJP's General Secretary for Kutch district, also marked his attendance at the event.

Shockingly, none of these saffron party leaders "knew" that Jaitley is very much alive.

Press release

Attendees condoled 'death' of Jaitley: Press release

Attendees condoled 'death' of Jaitley: Press release

If Ahir's gaffe wasn't enough, the Kutch Information Department put out a press release confirming the "homage".

"At the end of the function, the dignitaries on the dais and farmers observed a two-minute silence to condole the death former union finance minister Arun Jaitley," the release read.

Meanwhile, in damage control mode, Kutch Collector Remya Mohan said she isn't aware of any such release.

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Another official tried to brush off responsibility

Separately, In-charge Joint Information Director of Rajkot, Sharad Bumadia, said all press releases aren't put up for his consideration before being issued. "It's the responsibility of deputy director of information in Bhuj to verify the content before releasing," he added.

Jaitley's health

Meanwhile, Jaitley is in ICU but hemodynamically stable

Jaitley, who was admitted to AIIMS on August 9, is still in ICU but hemodynamically stable, sources said earlier this week.

He was rushed to the premier medical institute after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. The hospital put Jaitley under the care of a multidisciplinary team of doctors.

Several ministers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited him in the hospital.

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When was Arun Jaitley admitted to AIIMS?

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Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9.

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Arun Jaitley is still in ICU but is said to be hemodynamically stable.

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Gujarat minister Vasan Ahir paid homage to Arun Jaitley at a function on August 10.

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Vasan Ahir is the minister of state for tourism.

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