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Delighted to be back home: Jaitley returns to India after medical treatment in US

File photo: Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 09, 2019, 04.52 PM (IST)

BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who had been undergoing medical treatment in the United States, returned to India on Saturday.

Upon his return, the minister tweeted, "Delighted to be back home".

Jaitley, who is currently without a portfolio, had last month flown to New York for the treatment after being reportedly diagnosed with soft tissue cancer which required surgery.

In his absence, the responsibility of the Finance Ministry was given to Union Minister Piyush Goyal who also presented the Interim Budget this year.

Although Jaitley was away from India in the past few weeks, he has remained active on Twitter and was regular with his blog posts. He also met reporters through a video call from New York and gave interviews on Budget.

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Jaitley had stopped attending office at the beginning of April last year due to his kidney ailment. He was back in North Block - the seat of Finance Ministry - on August 23, 2018. Even then, Goyal had manned the Ministry for about 100 days.

The 66-year-old BJP leader underwent a renal transplant in May last year at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.

Earlier in September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition. 

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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Jaitley, who is currently minister without portfolio, had last month flown to New York for the treatment after being reportedly diagnosed with soft tissue cancer which required surgery.