Arun Jaitley on life support: Amit Shah, President Kovind visit AIIMS


NATIONAL | August 17, 2019:

Arun Jaitley, the former union finance minister of India is in 'critical' condition and a team of multidisciplinary doctors is supervising his treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, reported news agency PTI.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Jaitley around 11.30 pm Friday, an hour after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath went to the hospital to enquire about his health.

Arun Jaitley been put on life support. According to sources, the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader is critical.

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The 66-year-old was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9 after he had complained of restlessness and breathlessness.

Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS in May as well. He did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election because of his ill health.

AIIMS has not issued any official statement on Jaitley's health since August 10. Jaitley is under observation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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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.

He had undergone a renal transplant in May 2018 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 August 23, 2018.

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

Source: Money Control