Minister of Finance and Minister of Defence
Arun Jaitley (born December 28, 1952) is currently the Minister of Finance, Minister of Corporate Affairs and an additional charge as the Minister of Defence. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is currently a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat and was chosen as the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha on June 3, 2009. In his capacity as the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley has been credited for his excellent oratory skills which is matched equally by his intense research into the topic. He has also previously held the portfolios as the Union Cabinet Minister for Commerce and Industry, Law and Justice in the National Democratic Alliance Government (1998-2004).
Jaitley passed his law degree from the University of Delhi, in 1977. He is a well-known lawyer, known for his sharp reasoning and oratory. During his career as a student, he was the recipient of several distinctions for his outstanding performances both in academics and extracurricular activities. Jaitley has been married to Sangeeta Jaitley since May 24, 1982, and they have two children.