New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday said that he was relieved to to know that the health condition of his ‘university contemporary and friend’ Arun Jaitley is reported to be stable for a third day in a row.

In a tweet, he wished the former finance minister a speedy recovery and said he is looking to ‘crossing political swords’ with the former finance minister again.

“Relieved to learn that for a third day in a row, my university contemporary and friend @arunjaitley's health condition is reported by AIIMS to be stable. I wish him a speedy and complete recovery and look forward to crossing political swords with him again!” Tharoor tweeted.

Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi on Friday after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey met Jaitley at the hospital and enquired about his health.

A lawyer by profession, he has been the most important leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet during his first tenure and often acted as the chief troubleshooter for the government.

Jaitley did not contest the Lok Sabha elections of 2019 presumably because of his ill health.

Jaitley had undergone renal transplant on May 14 last year with Goyal filling in for him at that time too. Jaitley, who had stopped attending office since early April 2018, was back in the finance ministry on August 23, 2018.

Earlier in September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma