Arun Jaitley was born on 28 December, 1952, in New Delhi. He is our present Finance Minister, Corporate Affairs Minister, and Information & Broadcasting Minister, in the current NDA government.
This minister is the son of Maharaj Kishen Jaitley, an eminent lawyer, and Ratan Prabha, a social activist. He is married to Sangeeta Jaitley. Sangeeta’s father was the ex-Finance Minister, Girdhari Lal Dogra. The couple have two children, Rohan and Sonali.
He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s School of Delhi. He graduated from the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce from the University of Delhi. He did his further studies in law from the same university. While in university, he became the student leader of the student political party, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and in 1974, he stood for the Student Union elections and went on to become its President.
From 1977 onwards, Jaitley began practicing law in many High Courts, as well as the Supreme Court of India. He got the designation of Senior Advocate in the Delhi High Court. In 1989, he became the Additional Solicitor General of India, in the then V. P. Singh government.
He has fought some very high-profile cases during his active years as a lawyer. His clients include major multinational firms like PepsiCo, Madhavrao Scindia, L. K. Advani, and Sharad Yadav, among others. Jaitley has published several books on legal matters. He gave up his legal practice in the year 2009.
Since 1991, Arun is on the national executive board of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was the official spokesperson of the BJP in 1999, before the elections. In 1999, when the Vajpayee government came into power, Arun became a part of the cabinet. He was given the portfolio of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (Independent Charge), and Ministry of State for Disinvestment (Independent Charge). Later on, in 2000, he also got the charge of the Law, Justice & Company Affairs, and Shipping ministries. He was escalated to the main cabinet in November 2000.
He became the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, in 2009. He fought the Lok Sabha elections from Amritsar in the general elections of 2014, but faced defeat in the hands of Amarinder Singh, a Congress candidate. He is a member of the upper house from Gujarat. He was included in the main cabinet as the Finance Minister and Defence Minister. The Manila-based Asian Development Bank has Jaitley as a Board of Governor member.