Arun Jaitley responding to treatment, condition stable, say doctors


Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi, on Friday, is responding to the treatment and his condition is stable, doctors informed Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday.

Venkaiah Naidu visited Arun Jaitley at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday morning. The former Union minister is currently undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

According to sources, Arun Jaitley is likely to be kept under observation for the next 2 to 3 days. A multidisciplinary team of doctors is supervising Arun Jaitley's treatment since Friday.

He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of breathlessness and anxiety on Friday morning. Doctors said on Friday evening that Arun Jaitley's condition was "haemodynamically stable".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS for Health Ashwini Choubey, BJP working president JP Nadda and Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav visited the hospital to enquire about Arun Jaitley's health.

BJP leaders Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Sudhanshu Trivedi, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and yoga proponent Ramdev also visited the former FM at AIIMS.

Arun Jaitley, 66, was admitted to the Cardio-Neuro-Centre around 10 am, hospital sources said.

"He is under observation in ICU. A team of doctors, including endocrinologists, cardiologists and nephrologists, is monitoring his condition," one of the sources said.

In May this year, Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS for treatment.

A lawyer by profession, he had been an important part of Narendra Modi's Cabinet during his first term as prime minister. He held finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the government's chief troubleshooter.

Arun Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health.

He had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year with Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time. Arun Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April 2018, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.

In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.