New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley returned to India on Saturday following his medical treatment in the United States. Soon after, Jaitley tweeted how delighted he was to be back home.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had left for the US for a medical checkup for his kidney ailment last month. Thereafter, the charge of Finance ministry was given to Piyush Goyal by the President to present the Union Budget 2019.
Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS last year in early April following which he underwent dialysis. He had a renal transplant surgery on May 14, 2018. In September 2014, Jaitley had undergone a bariatric surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.
That surgery was first performed at Max Hospital, but Jaitley was later shifted to AIIMS because of complications. He also had heart surgery several years ago.
He was scheduled to attend the 10th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue in London in April last year but had to cancel his visit due to his kidney ailment.
Jaitley, however, has been active on social media tweeting and writing Facebook posts and had also met reporters through a video call from New York and fielded questions on the Budget 2019. He also gave interviews on the subject.
In an interview to PTI in New York after the Budget presentation, he said he was on a recovery course. He had said that his return to India in time to reply to the Budget debate in Parliament will depend on when his doctors will allow him to leave.
“It depends on after my treatment here, which is all over. I am on the recovery course. It’s when my doctors allow me to go back. As of present, as I understand, Piyush Goyal will be replying (to the Budget debate in Parliament),” he had said.