Social media has exploded with rumours over Arun Jaitley’s health with a lot of social media users making extraordinary claims. Janta Ka Reporter is not reproducing those social media posts since they are not backed by any evidence.
Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS for a day last week for the treatment of his ongoing illness for which he’s had to travel to the US in the past. A report by PTI said that he did not attend celebrations at BJP headquarters on 23 May, when the BJP registered a resounding win in the Lok Sabha polls.
Some rumours also said that the date of his son’s wedding was being brought forward due to Jaitley’s deteriorating health. A BJP functionary from West Bengal took to Twitter to write, “Is Honourable @arunjaitley ji fine. Heard some sad news about his well-being. Kindly revert if anyone is having any information.”
Is Honourable @arunjaitley ji fine. Heard some sad news about his well-being. Kindly revert if anyone is having any information.
— Er Aijaz Hussain (@IAmErAijaz) May 25, 2019
However, there were reports that he attended a meeting of his five top secretaries in the finance ministries on Friday. A report by Businessworld said that among those bureaucrats he met at his residence were Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Atanu Chakraborty and Department of Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar.
At the meeting, Jaitley also extended by two months till July 31 the deadline for submission of the direct tax code (DTC) report. Earlier, the DTC report was to be submitted by 31 May, reported Hindu BusinessLine.
Whilst some reports suggested that Jaitley may not take up the ministerial responsibilities due to poor health, the finance ministry may go to Piyush Goyal, who was asked to act as the finance minister in Jaitley’s absence in the past.
Exclusive: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unlikely to stay in role due to poor health as PM Narendra Modi begins second term – sources pic.twitter.com/kjJ7B9GhLo
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) May 24, 2019
In April last year, Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had confirmed that he was suffering from a kidney problem and certain other infections.
The new BJP government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take oath of office on 30 May, when the names of a new council of ministers will be announced.