On Friday, 16th August, President Ram Nath Kovind reached AIIMS to know the health of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Arun Jaitley is in the ICU at AIIMS since 9th August. During this time, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State Ashwini Choubey were also present in the hospital.
According to sources, Jaitley (66) is in critical condition. A team of doctors is busy treating him. AIIMS has released no bulletin regarding Jaitley’s health since 9 August. They admitted him to the hospital after he complained of breathlessness and discomfort.
Did not contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections because of health
Last Saturday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu went to the hospital to meet Arun Jaitley. His office had said that the former union minister is under treatment. Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS in May this year.
A lawyer by profession, PM Modi made Arun Jaitley a Union Minister in his cabinet in the first term of the BJP government. He handled the finance and defense departments. He did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections because of health issues.
Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant last year
Jaitley had tweeted after returning from America after treatment – happy to be home. Jaitley also stopped going to the office on April 2018. They then admitted him to AIIMS. He had a kidney transplant here. After this, he started going back to the office from August.
Jaitley’s health has been bad for the last few months. Even six months ago, they admitted him to AIIMS for some tests. Doctors advised him to go to the UK and US for treatment. After the party’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections, he was not even seen in the program held in the BJP office. He did not even attend the cabinet meeting.
Jaitley had written a letter to Modi expressing his inability to join the new government.
Arun Jaitley had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi citing health reasons and expressed his inability to join the new government. Jaitley could not present the interim budget in February because of poor health. Piyush Goyal held the finance ministry twice in his place.