Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) today (Aug 9) and is undergoing treatment at the ICU under the supervision of a team of specialist doctors. He was brought to the hospital after he complained of palpitations and restlessness, reports said.
“Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS today morning. He is currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of doctors. At present, he is haemodynamically stable,” AIIMS stated in a statement.
Jaitley, 66, was admitted to the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of the hospital around 10 am, news agency PTI quoted hospital sources as saying.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior BJP leaders visited AIIMS to inquire about Jaitley’s health.
In May this year, Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS for treatment.
A lawyer by profession, he has been the most important leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet during his first tenure and often acted as the chief troubleshooter for the government.
Jaitley did not contest the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 presumably because of his ill health.
Jaitley had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year with Goyal filling in for him at that time too. Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April 2018, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.
Earlier in September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition. (With PTI Inputs)