Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s health critical

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  18 Aug 2019 9:39 AM GMT
Former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s health critical

New Delhi: Former Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been put on life support and a team of multi-disciplinary doctors are monitoring him, said a source.

Mr Jaitley, 66, was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on August 9 for a check-up after he complained of uneasiness. A statement released by the hospital on that day said that the former Union finance minister was being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors. “At present, he is hemodynamically stable,” the statement said.

BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati also visited the hospital. She tweeted saying, “Today, I went to AIIMS, New Delhi to visit former union finance minister and BJP’s prominent leader Sri Arun Jaitley to check on his health. I met his family members to comfort them. I pray to nature for the speedy recovery of Sri Jaitley.”

No medical bulletin was released on Arun Jaitley’s health by AIIMS after August 9.

Mr Jaitley choose not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opting out from the new Cabinet because of his health conditions.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Piyush Goyal, BJP leader Satish Upadhyay, Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Air Force chief Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also visited AIIMS, sources told India Today.

Mr Jaitley has been suffering from diabetes from many years and in January this year he visited the United States (US) for a medical checkup. He also had a kidney transplant operation this year.

Mr Jaitley served as Union finance minister from 2014 to 2019 and was facing health issues for the last one year. He is credited with benchmark events in the Indian finance system like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) during his stint as finance minister.

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