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.
Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 9.