Union Finance Arun Jaitley likely to undergo kidney surgery

Jaitley says he is suffering from kidney ailment working from controlled environment at home

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a tweet on Thursday he was undergoing treatment for kidney related problems and infections. He said, "I am therefore now working from a controlled environment at home".

Jaitley was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi for "finishing formalities for a donor kidney" ahead of a likely surgery.

The AIIMS doctors advised him to avoid going out in public in order to prevent further infection.

The finance minister is set to undergo a kidney transplant this weekend.

While Jaitley came to his North Block office on Monday, he is working from his residence since Tuesday.

Jaitley had skipped office since Monday and even oath of office after being re-elected to the Rajya Sabha, was taken to AIIMS for diagonostic tests, PTI reported.

As many as 55 out of the 58 newly-elected or re-elected Members of Parliament (MPs) took oath of office since April 3. His health has led to cancellation of domestic public appearances as well as foreign visits.

A senior Finance Ministry official told IANS that the Finance Minister had cancelled his visit to the United Kingdom for next week's annual UK-India economic dialogue.

Jaitley will undergo kidney transplant under a team of surgeons headed by AIIMS Dr VK Bansal. He is also a diabetic-patient and he had a surgery for his weight-gain problem. The centre is housed in a separate building and is equipped with state of the art equipment. He is a key member of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet and presented his fifth and the present NDA governments final full budget on February 1. Arun Jaitley has also been a diabetes patient for over a decade and had undergone a gastric bypass surgery two years back. The surgery was first performed at Max Hospital but later shifted to AIIMS because of some complications.

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