Even as the nation is shocked at the death of Arun Jaitley at 66, the BJP's fate of losing its top Vajpayee-era leadership over the years becomes apparent.
The saffron party has literally lost all its stalwarts of the generation (barring LK Advani) that made it a national alternative in the 1990s. Says SG Suryah, "Gopinath Munde, Anil Dave, Ananth Kumar, AB Vajpayee, Manohar Parrikar, Sushma Swaraj and now Arun Jaitley! What terrible days it has been for the BJP losing all our important stalwarts one after another. Entire second generation of BJP is now no more. Humble pranaams and Om Shanti!"
In just the last one year, four of them passed away.