Former Union Minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley died today at 66 after battling a long illness. The former finance minister had been admitted at Delhi's AIIMS hospital, two weeks ago. One of the most powerful ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first term, Arun Jaitley was acknowledged as the ultimate backroom strategist. He was one of BJP's sharpest minds and one of its most eloquent defenders and main trouble shooter. Tributes have been pouring on for the lawyer-turned-politician who enjoyed friendships with politicians across the spectrum.