Arun Jaitley on life support: Arvind Kejriwal, Smriti Irani visit former finance minister at AIIMS Delhi

Arun Jaitley, who had undergone a renal transplant last year, did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health

Press Trust of India August 18, 2019 20:22:36 IST
Arun Jaitley on life support: Arvind Kejriwal, Smriti Irani visit former finance minister at AIIMS Delhi
  • Several leaders including Arvind Kejriwal, Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan visited AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday to enquire after Arun Jaitley's health

  • Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was admitted on 9 August after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness

  • Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had held the defence the finance portfolios in the first term of the Modi government

New Delhi: Several leaders including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi on Sunday to inquire about the health condition of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is on life support system.

Jaitley, 66, was admitted on 9 August after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. AIIMS has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley's health condition since 10 August, however, sources had said that a multidisciplinary team of doctors is monitoring him.

Arun Jaitley on life support Arvind Kejriwal Smriti Irani visit former finance minister at AIIMS Delhi

File image of former finance minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Several prominent leaders have been visiting the hospital in recent days to know about his well-being.

Among those who visited the hospital on Sunday were Himachal Pradesh governor Kalraj Mishra, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) joint general secretary Dr Krishna Gopal and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.

On Saturday, too, several politicians visited the hospitals to check on his health.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Friday, "Doctors at AIIMS are doing the best they can."

President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had visited AIIMS on Friday to check on the leader's health.

In May this year, Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for treatment.

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet in the BJP government's first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.

Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health.

He had undergone a renal transplant on 14 May last year at AIIMS , with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time.  Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, was back in the finance ministry on 23 August, 2018.

In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition

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