NEW DELHI: India’s former finance minister and ruling Bhartiya Janta Party’s senior leader Arun Jaitley passes away at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday afternoon, and was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) on August 9.
On Saturday last, the 66-year old leader was put on life support, following his deteriorating health condition.
Jaitley has been on ECMO (Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation), also known as extra-corporeal life support, according to medical authorities.
Last week, President Ram Nath Kovind and several BJP leaders such as Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and health minister Harsh Vardhan visited Jaitley.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati too have visited the ailing leader at AIIMS on last Saturday.
Jaitley, a lawyer by profession, and a member of the Rajya Sabha was widely considered as a troubleshooter for the Narendra Modi government.
He has also held defence portfolio in the previous Modi government.
Jaitley had undergone the renal transplant in May last year and joined the finance ministry back on August 23, 2018.
In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery, following the weight gain due to a long-standing diabetic condition.