Former finance minister Arun Jaitley passes away at 66

File photo: Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 24, 2019, 12.39 PM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

The former finance minister of India and veteran BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away on Saturday. He was 66.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) released an official statement to confirm the sad demise. Earlier, AIIMS sources said that Jaitley's health had deteriorated.
 
Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS on August 9. He was undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the country's premier medical institution.

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 Jaitley held important portfolios during the first tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government.
 
Jaitley was not keeping well for some time. He did not even contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election citing health reasons. In February, Piyush Goyal had to present the interim budget as Jaitley was in US for treatment.
 
After Modi government retained power after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Jaitley wrote to Prime Minister Modi, saying he would not take up any responsibility in the government due to his deteriorating health condition.

 A lawyer by profession, he had been an important part of Narendra Modi's Cabinet during his first term as prime minister. He held finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the government's chief troubleshooter.
 
He had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.