Jaitley on life support

NEW DELHI, Aug 17: Former finance minister Arun Jaitley has been put on life support system at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, sources said, as several leaders, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and union minister Piyush Goyal, visited the hospital.
The 66-year-old leader, who was admitted at the hospital on 9 August, has been put on life support system and a multidisciplinary team of doctors is monitoring his condition, the sources said.
The AIIMS has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley’s health condition since 10 August.
Jaitley was admitted to the hospital after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness.
In May this year, he had been admitted to the AIIMS for treatment.
Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.
Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election, presumably because of his ill-health.
He had undergone a renal transplant on 14 May last year at the AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time.
Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, was back in the finance ministry on 23 August, 2018.
In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a longstanding diabetic condition. (PTI)