Top political leaders paid rich tributes to former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who died on Saturday. The senior BJP leader died at AIIMS, where he was undergoing treatment for several weeks. He was 66. Prime minister Narendra Modi said he has lost a valued friend, whom he had known for decades. "His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!" Modi said in a series of tweets. He said Jaitley and the BJP had an unbreakable bond. "As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society."