New Delhi: Jaswant Singh, former Union minister passed away on Sunday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. The BJP leader was 82.

"It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Hon'ble Major Jaswant Singh (Retd), former Cabinet Minister of Government of India at 0655 hours on 27 September 2020. He was admitted on 25 Jun 2020 and being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury old (Optd) had a Cardiac arrest this morning," the hospital said in a statement.

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Offering condolence, PM Modi said, "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."

In his message, PM Modi added, "Jaswant Singh Ji will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. He also contributed to the strengthening of the BJP. I will always remember our interactions. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti."

Many other leaders also paid tributes and offered condolence messages on social media.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote," Very sad to hear about the demise of Sh Jaswant Singh ji. He worked for the country all his life, whether inside the govt or outside. May his soul rest in peace."

Rajnath Singh wrote," Jaswant Singh ji would be remembered for his intellectual capabilities and stellar record in service to the nation. He also played a key role in strengthening the BJP in Rajasthan. Condolences to his family and supporters in this sad hour. Om Shanti."

Smriti Irani stated, "Pained with the passing away of Jaswant Singh ji , a stalwart who served our Nation diligently ; be it politics or the armed forces. My condolences to his loved ones and supporters. Om Shanti."