Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday morning, paid a visit to the bereaved family of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at their Kailash Colony home in New Delhi.
Arun Jaitley, 66, had died on Saturday, August 24 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, after he was admitted to the premier hospital on August 9 following complaints of breathlessness and restlessness. At that time, Modi was on a three-nation visit to Bahrain, the UAE, and France. Modi was reportedly asked by Jaitley’s family not to cut short his visit when he called them to express his grief over the passing away of his former cabinet colleague.
Accompanied by Home Minister Amit Shah, Modi offered floral tributes at his photograph after which he spent time with the family members.
Arun Jaitley had been put on the life support system and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which is used for those patients whose lungs and heart are incapable of operating on its own.
He had been suffering from multiple health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure and had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year. He had stopped attending office since early April 2018 but was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.
Earlier this year, Jaitley underwent treatment for soft cell sarcoma, a type of cancer that affects soft tissues of the body, including fat, muscles and blood vessels.
A lawyer by profession, Jaitley had been an important part of Narendra Modi’s Cabinet during his first tenure as the prime minister. His demise came just days after former External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away on August 6.