Arun Jaitley, who is currently undergoing treatment in the US, is likely to return to India this weekend ( 9-10 Feb), some reports suggested.
Jaitley left for the US in mid-January, just before the interim budget. According to the sources, he has been diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare type of cancer.
In his absence, Piyush Goyal was named the Interim Finance minister who also presented the sixth and the final Budget of the Narendra Modi Government.
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The source said Jaitley is recovering well and is likely to be back in India by this weekend and depending on doctor’s advice, may also attend Parliament next week, reports PTI.
“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),” Jaitley had told PTI in an interview after the budget was presented.
However, it is still not clear if he would resume his office following his return.
In April 2018, he stopped attending due to his kidney ailment and joined back in May 2018. Even then, Goyal had manned the Ministry for about 100 days.