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Rajnath Singh Arrives at AIIMS as Arun Jaitley Remains Critical; Security Beefed Up Around Hospital


Defence minister Rajnath Singh arrived as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as former finance minister Arun Jaitley continues to remain critical. In view of the BJP stalwart’s health condition and political bigwigs visit, the security around the premier medical institute has been beefed up. According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah will visit Jaitley this evening. Earlier today, several leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Union ministers Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan arrived at AIIMS to enquire about the former minister’s health condition.

Jaitley, 66, was admitted on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness and is reportedly on life support. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley’s health condition since August 10.

Several prominent leaders have been visiting the hospital in recent days to know about his wellbeing. Sources had said a multidisciplinary team of doctors is monitoring him.

Among those who visited the hospital on Sunday were Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Joint General Secretary Dr Krishna Gopal and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.On Saturday also several politicians visited the hospitals to check on his health.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had said on Friday, “Doctors at AIIMS are doing the best they can.”

President Ram Nath Kovind, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited AIIMS on Friday to check on the leader’s health.

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

Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government.

Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election presumably because of his ill-health. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14 last year at AIIMS with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal filling in for him in the finance ministry at that time.

Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April last year, 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.