ARUN JAIT­LEY RE­TURNS FROM UNITED STATES

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Union Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley ( pic­tured) on Satur­day re­turned from the United States, where he was un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment. “De­lighted to be back home,” he tweeted. Jait­ley, who was fi­nance min­is­ter be­fore a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure led to the charge be­ing tem­po­rar­ily given to Rail­way Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal, missed pre­sent­ing the fi­nal Bud­get of the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment be­fore the gen­eral elec­tions.

Union Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley ( pic­tured) on Satur­day re­turned from the United States, where he was un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment. “De­lighted to be back home,” he tweeted.

Jait­ley, who was the fi­nance min­is­ter be­fore a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure led to the charge be­ing tem­po­rar­ily given to Rail­ways Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal, missed pre­sent­ing the sixth and fi­nal Bud­get of the Naren­dra Modigov­ern­ment be­fore the gen­eral elec­tions.

In a tweet, Goyal said: “De­lighted to wel­come back re­spected Shri @arun­jait­ley ji. Very grate­ful to him for his sup­port, guid­ance and lead­er­ship.” Jait­ley has been ac­tive on so­cial me­dia, tweet­ing and writ­ing Face­book posts, and had also met re­porters through a video call from New York and fielded ques­tions on the Bud­get. He also gave in­ter­views on the sub­ject.

Jait­ley, 66, had last month flown to New York for treat­ment af­ter be­ing re­port­edly di­ag­nosed with soft tis­sue can­cer, which re­quired surgery. This was his first over­seas visit af­ter he un­der­went re­nal trans­plant surgery last year.

In an in­ter­view to PTI in New York af­ter the Bud­get, Jait­ley said he was on re­cov­ery course, and re­turn to In­dia in time to re­ply to the Bud­get de­bate in Par­lia­ment will de­pend on when his doc­tors al­low him to leave.

“It de­pends on my treat­ment here, which is all over. I am on the re­cov­ery course. It’s when my doc­tors al­low me to go back. As of present, as I un­der­stand, Piyush Goyal will be re­ply­ing (to the Bud­get de­bate in Par­lia­ment),” he said.

The Bud­get ses­sion of Par­lia­ment ends on Fe­bru­ary 13, and de­bate on the in­terim Bud­get has been taken up in the Lok Sabha.

Jait­ley had stopped at­tend­ing of­fice at the be­gin­ning of April last year due to his kid­ney ail­ment, and was back in North Block — the seat of fi­nance min­istry — in Au­gust. Even then, Goyal had manned the min­istry for about 100 days.

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