Arun Jaitley opts out of new Modi Government

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Jaitley composed a “formal” request to not be provided with any responsibility in the new government so that he could concentrate on his “treatment” and “health.”

In the midst stories of his ill-health doing the rounds , outgoing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday have requested to be kept out of the cabinet. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jaitley formed a “formal” request to not be provided with any specific duty in the new government in order that he may concentrate on his “treatment” and “health.”

Attaching that he have been suffering from ailments for the past 18 months, Jaitley stated he had talked with the Prime minister before his Kedarnath trip regarding his plans to opt out of the new cabinet. “After my campaign had concluded and you were leaving for Kedarnath, I had orally informed you that even though I was able to discharge the responsibilities assigned to me during the campaign, I would in near future, for some time, like to keep away from any responsibility. This will enable me to concentrate on my treatment and health.”

He as well added in that while have doctors have enabled him to come out of many of his “serious health challenges,” he would probably want some time off. He may, in spite of this, be accessible to undertake any work “informally” to support the government, the letter read.

Jaitley, who will be one of the top 3 leaders in the BJP and the government, after Modi and party president Amit Shah, was not found at the celebrations at BJP headquarters after the Lok Sabha election results were proclaimed. He have not been seen in public not less than two weeks but have been establishing blogs and messages on social media.

After few of Jaitley’s pictures brought up rumours over his health condition, the BJP played down the reports calling them “false and baseless”. “Reports in a portion of media regarding Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s health issues are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering,” Government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar published on Twitter.

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