"During the emergency, he also coordinated the movement in his area. After BJP's advent, we saw him as an emerging youth leader in the party. He was given key responsibilities of the party. He was a cabinet minister during Vajpayee government where he demonstrated skills to manage his department," the BJP leader said.
Joshi said that the former finance minister played a substantial role in making government policies. "He gained everyone's trust. Even in Opposition, he was known as a popular and experienced leader. His death is an irreparable loss to the country," he said.
He said that Jaitley devoted his life for public work and never cared about his health.
"Had he paid attention to his health, he would be with us today. But he was so dedicated to the work that he never cared about his health," Joshi said.
Jaitley passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi earlier today. He was 66.
Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS earlier this month after he complained of restlessness. He was placed under observation at the hospital's Cardio-Neuro-Centre.