More Political Leaders Visit AIIMS To Enquire About Arun Jaitley’s Health
Arun Jaitley, then finance minister, speaks during an interview, in New Delhi, on Nov. 2, 2015. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

More Political Leaders Visit AIIMS To Enquire About Arun Jaitley’s Health


Several leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan visited All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Sunday to enquire about the health of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is on life support system.

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

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

A multidisciplinary team of doctors is monitoring him, said people privy to the development.

Among those who visited the hospital today were Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Joint General Secretary Dr Krishna Gopal and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.

Several politicians visited the hospital to check on his health on Saturday, too.

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.

Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for treatment in May this year.

A lawyer by profession, Jaitley had played an important role 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 May 14 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 Aug. 23, 2018.

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

Also read: Jaitley On Life Support; Top Leaders Visit AIIMS

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