A day before the swearing-in ceremony of the council of ministers in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to give him any responsibility in the new government.
The letter sent to the prime minister was released by Jaitley through his Twitter handle. In the letter, Jaitley has said that he is not keeping well and has been facing health challenges for the last 18 months. The decision of Jaitley will make way for a new finance minister in the second term of NDA under Modi.
“I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment, and my health not be a part of any responsibility in the new government. I would obviously have a lot of time at my disposal to undertake any work informally to support the government or the party,” said Arun Jaitley in his letter to PM Modi.
Jaitley further said in the letter that he had conveyed his decision to Modi after the election campaign for 2019 general elections got over and prime minister was leaving for Kedarnath. The ruling BJP-NDA combine returned to power on 23 May with a mammoth majority in the general elections, winning 353 out of 542 seats that went to polls.
“I had orally informed you that even though I was able to discharge my responsibilities assigned to me during the campaign, I would in future like to keep away from any responsibility. This will enable me to concentrate on my health and treatment. The BJP and NDA have secured a spectacular win under you your leadership,” Jaitley further said in the letter.