NEW DELHI: Arun Jaitley, former Union minister and a senior BJP leader, was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS this morning after he complained of breathing problems. He is under observation at the Cardio-Neuro ward of the hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and other leaders visited Mr Jaitley in the hospital.
“He is under observation. A team of doctors including endocrinologists, cardiologists and nephrologists is monitoring his condition,” a source told news agency PTI.
Mr Jaitley, 66, had taken a long break as Finance Minister last year after a kidney transplant.
His health remained a concern after the surgery. A diabetic, he also had to skip the interim budget in February when he was in hospital in the US for treatment.
Mr Jaitley was also admitted to the AIIMS for treatment in May this year.
After the BJP’s victory in the national election, Mr Jaitley had written to PM Modi that he would “not be part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new government” because of his health.
“I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health and therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new government,” Mr Jaitley had written.
Mr Jaitley had said in the letter that he had faced “some serious health challenges” in the last 18 months.
Mr Jaitley, a lawyer-turned politician, has always been among the BJP’s chief troubleshooters. In the past five years, he has steered major economic legislation and has also defended controversial policies for the government.
Source By NDTV