Arun Jaitley on life support; leaders visit him at AIIMS

Arun Jaitley on life support; leaders visit him at AIIMS

Jaitley, 66, was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. The hospital has not issued any bulletin on his health condition since August 10.

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Arun Jaitley at Parliament. (Express File Photo: Renuka Puri)

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley continued to be life support system on Sunday even as a bevvy of politicians, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan, visited AIIMS to enquire about his health condition. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also visited Jaitley later tonight.

A multidisciplinary team of doctors is monitoring his condition, the news agency reported. The AIIMS has not released any medical bulletin on his health condition since August 10. Jaitley was admitted on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.

On Saturday, a host of politicians, including Union minister Piyush Goyal and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Saturday to enquire about the health condition of former finance minister Arun Jaitley, who has been put on the life support system, news agency PTI reported.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, BJP’s Satish Upadhyay, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, BSP chief Mayawati, and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik were the others who visited the AIIMS. Last night, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had gone to the hospital.


Last Saturday, following a visit to the hospital, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu had said he was responding to treatment. “Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley is stable and his condition is improving gradually,” Naidu had said, adding that he was told by doctors that Jaitley was “responding to the treatment and his condition is stable”.

Earlier this year in May, Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for treatment. Prior to that, he had undergone a renal transplant on May 14, 2018 when he was Union finance minister. Piyush Goyal had stepped in to take charge of the Finance Ministry at the time. In a tweet on April 6, 2018, he said: “I am being treated for kidney-related problems & certain infections that I have contracted.”

In September 2014, he had undergone bariatric surgery because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part of 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, however, did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing his ill-health. After the Modi government returned to power, Jaitley wrote to the Prime Minister saying he would like to stay away from “any responsibility” on account of his ill health.

(With PTI inputs)