ARUN JAITLEY RETURNS FROM UNITED STATES
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.