NEW DELHI :
New Delhi: Former Union minister Arun Jaitley was in a stable condition at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after being admitted on Friday morning with complaints of breathlessness and uneasiness.
Jaitley is currently in the Cardiothoracic and Neurosciences Centre of the premier medical institute.
“Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS today morning. He is currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit under the supervision of a multidisciplinary teams of doctors. At present, he is haemodynamically stable," an official statement from AIIMS said. Hemodynamics is the blood flow of the heart.
AIIMS officials said Jaitley was brought to the hospital at around 10:30 am and is being treated by doctors from the nephrology, cardiology and respiratory departments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, health minister Harsh Vardhan and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla visited AIIMs in the evening to see the ailing senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader.
“He complained of breathing problems so had to be rushed to the hospital. He is under constant observation. Doctors are treating him and advised him rest," the office of Harsh Vardhan said.
Jaitley, who opted out of public office in the second term of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government for health reasons, had earlier undergone treatment for kidney-related problems.
Before the NDA formed the cabinet, Jaitley had written to Modi that he would not like to be part of the cabinet because of health challenges, but had offered to undertake informal work for the government and the BJP.
Jaitley spearheaded India’s indirect tax reforms and the introduction of a modern bankruptcy code as finance minister in the previous NDA regime. Jaitley, who also held the corporate affairs portfolio, led a drive to weed out shell companies used by tax evaders.
Earlier, in September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.
In May 2018, he underwent renal transplant surgery at AIIMS, Delhi, as he had been suffering from a kidney ailment and had been undergoing dialysis. More recently, he also underwent treatment in the US in January this year.
Other BJP leaders, including Manoj Tiwari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, J.P. Nadda and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore visited AIIMS to enquire about Jaitley’s health.
With inputs from Gireesh Chandra Prasad