For the Narendra Modi government which has been plagued with health issues and death of two Ministers Ananth Kumar and Gopi Nath Munde, there is some bad news.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who left for the US for medical treatment, has been diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer and may not be able to present this year’s Interim Budget on February 1, sources said.
However, sources said he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare type of cancer, and decided to go in for further treatment in New York.
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 his absence, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal was given the additional charge of Finance Ministry on May 14.
Jaitley stopped attending office at the beginning of April and was back in North Block – the seat of Finance Ministry – on August 23.
Earlier, in September 2014, he underwent a bariatric surgery on account of severe diabetics.
Many politicians cutting across party lines wished Jaitley good health.
I’m upset to hear Arun Jaitley Ji is not well. We fight him on a daily basis for his ideas. However, I and the Congress party send him our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. We are with you and your family 100% during this difficult period Mr Jaitley.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 16, 2019
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) January 16, 2019
Concerned to hear of FM Arun Jaitley being indisposed once again. He has been important communicator and interlocutor with the Opposition despite recent constraints. Pray for quick and full recovery to serve the nation.
— Salman Khurshid (@salman7khurshid) January 16, 2019
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 16, 2019