Jaitley unlikely to be minister in new Union Govt

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to be a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet in the BJP government’s second term due to his ill health, which may require him to travel to either the UK or the US for treatment of an undisclosed illness, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Jaitley, 66, has become “very weak” as his health has deteriorated over the past few weeks, sources said, adding that he has developed some throat condition as well that prevents him from speaking for long.

He was admitted to AIIMS earlier this week to undergo tests and treatment for an undisclosed illness and was discharged on Thursday but did not attend celebrations at BJP headquarters that evening.

Sources said Jaitley is not keen to take up a ministerial position in the new government and may have conveyed his unwillingness to hold any position, to Modi. Doctors treating him have advised him to go to the UK or the US for treatment, they said. Jaitley, whose health has been on a decline ever since he underwent a kidney transplant in May last year, will take a call in the next few days on the issue.