Amidst rumours on health, Arun Jaitley opts out of new cabinet


Amidst rumours on poor health, Union Minister Arun Jaitley has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting his exclusion from the new cabinet. He wrote, “I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health, and, therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new Government.”

Jaitley, who held several portfolios in the last government of Modi’s first term as the prime minister including finance ministry, said that he will be available to ‘undertake any work informally to support the government of the party.’

Last week, social media erupted with rumours about Jaitley’s health, which many suspected was deteriorating rapidly. Others made some extraordinary claims. This led to several friends of Jaitley including media baron Rajat Sharma to announce publicly that Jaitley was doing well.

Sharma wrote, “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.”

Jaitley in his letter to Modi also admitted that he was grappling with ‘some serious health challenges’ and his doctors had enabled him to ’emerge out of most of them.’ He reminded Modi that how on the day the latter was leaving for Kedarnath after the conclusion of the election campaign, he had informed him about not being able to take up a role in the government.

Modi will take oath of office as prime minister for the second time in a row on 30 May. His party won a historic landslide in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls.

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