Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at his house to persuade him to continue as minister in the second term of the BJP-led NDA government.
Prime Minister Modi and his cabinet is to be sworn-in by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.
The developments came as citing several health problems, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has written a formal letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought voluntary retirement as cabinet Minister.
Jaitley mentioned in his letter that he should be excused from being part of the Modi government’s new cabinet.
He posted some parts of his letter in twitter and said that he has faced serious health challenges in the last 18 months and doctors have enabled him to come out of most of them.
The Union Minister said that he would like to keep away from any responsibility to concentrate on his treatment and health. He also revealed that he had already conveyed it to Modi when prime minister was going to Kedarnath shrine.
Now, he has formally communicated the matter to him to be allowed reasonable time for treatment and health.
He has also assured Prime Minister saying: “He would be always available to informally help the government and party.”
Jaitley has been the busiest minister in Modi government’s five years donning the hat of Defence Minister, Information and Broadcasting Minister among others additionally apart from being Finance Minister for five years.