Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sent a heartfelt message to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who’s currently in the US for treatment of his ‘soft tissue cancer’ in his thigh.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said, “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.”
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
Gandhi and Jaitley have been bitter political rivals with the latter even coining ‘Clown Prince’ title for the Congress president. The two have exchanged bitter words over the controversial Rafale deal.
Last year in September, writing a blog to counter the charges of corruption in the Rafale deal, Jaitley had accused Rahul of lying. He wrote on Thursday, “You lied on the Rafale deal, you lied on the NPAs. Your temperament to concoct facts raises a legitimate question – do people whose natural preference is falsehood deserve to be a part of the public discourse. Public discourse is a serious activity.
“It is not a laughter challenge. It cannot be reduced to a hug, a wink or repetition of falsehood. The world’s largest democracy must seriously introspect whether public discourse should be allowed to be polluted by the falsehood of a ‘Clown Prince’.”
Jaitley left for the US on Sunday for medical treatment, may not be back in India to present what could be his last budget on 1 February. This is because Jaitley has reportedly developed another serious medical emergency, which requires urgent surgery. A report by The Wire website said that Arun Jaitley was in the US for the treatment of ‘soft tissue cancer in his thigh, a type of tumour which can spread to other parts of the body quickly.’