Jaitley’s Health: Govt Says Reports Baseless, Asks To Stay Clear Of Rumours
The government has quashed reports on the deteriorating health of outgoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
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Govt spokesperson Sitanshu Kar described these reports as “false and baseless”, adding that the “media should stay clear of rumour mongering”.
"Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley's health condition are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering," Kar tweeted. Earlier, reports have said that Jaitley has become weak and is likely to be taken to UK or US for further treatment.
Jaitley, meanwhile, has been meeting his close associates. Two days ago, he met the secretaries of Finance Ministry.
His friend and India TV Editor in Chief Rajat Sharma too me thim, and then tweeted that he is working behind the scenes, and that he has been advised by family and well-wishers to avoid public places, largely to avoid infection.
"Everyone is discussing my friend @arunjaitley's health, some out of genuine concern and some for loose talk. Let me share with you that I met him last evening, he is recovering well and is working behind the scenes. Friends and family have convinced him to stay away from public interaction to avoid infection. I am glad he has finally agreed," Sharma tweeted.
Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS last week to undergo tests and treatment for an undisclosed illness and was discharged on Thursday but did not attend celebrations at BJP headquarters that evening after the party's emphatic victory in general elections.
A lawyer by profession, he has been the most important leader in Modi's Cabinet and has often acted as the chief troubleshooter for the government.
He had undergone surgery in the US on January 22 for a reported soft tissue cancer in his left leg, an illness that deprived him from presenting the Modi government's sixth and final budget of its current term. Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal was the stand-in finance minister who presented the interim budget for 2019-20.