Former finance minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley, who has been suffering from soft-tissue sarcoma, is reportedly in critical condition at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Jaitley, 66, was admitted at the AIIMS facility on August 9 due to breathing problems. President Ram Nath Kovind visited the former cabinet minister on Friday morning.
Undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, he has been visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, vice-president Venkaiah Naidu, defence minister Rajnath Singh, and health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Jaitley held important positions in the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s first term, including finance, defence and corporate affairs.
Prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he wrote to the prime minister, informing him of his decision to not take up any roles in the cabinet, due to his deteriorating health.
Here’s a look at his four-decade career in the legal sector and Indian politics:
First Published: IST