New Delhi, April 4: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is suffering from a chronic kidney ailment and will be undergoing surgery very soon, as reported by The Wire. The doctors have advised the minister not to go out in public because of the infection. Jaitley, who was recently re-appointed as leader of Rajya Sabha, did not take the oath for his new term on Tuesday. The report further stated that these days, the minister has been working from home and has stopped attending public events.
Earlier, Arun Jaitley had undergone bariatric surgery for weight reduction in September 2014. The surgery was successful and he had resumed work after being discharged on September 10, 2014. But later, he was again hospitalised for a respiratory infection.
Another media report states that speculation about his health had started in January this year when he failed to accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the World Economic Forum at Davos. However, the official explanation was that he had to present the Union Budget for which just a week was left.
Jaitley holds two portfolios; Finance and Corporate Affairs. He is a senior Minister in the BJP-led government. The government is working on alternative arrangements if surgery is carried out especially since post-transplant surgery, he would need to recover.
Earlier, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar went to the United States for treatment after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also underwent kidney transplant at AIIMS in 2016.