I Should be Allowed Reasonable Time for Myself: Full Text of Arun Jaitley’s Letter to PM Modi
Arun Jaitley in the letter sought reasonable time to himself, also mentioning that he had orally informed the prime minister of his decision before his Kedarnath visit.
File photo of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
New Delhi: A day before the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, Union Finance Ministry Arun Jaitley has written to the Prime Minister, seeking to be relieved of his charge and dropping out of contention for the new cabinet.
Citing “serious health challenges”, Jaitley in the letter sought “reasonable time” to himself, also mentioning that he had orally informed the prime minister of his decision before his Kedarnath visit a fortnight ago.
Here is the full text of Arun Jaitley’s letter to the prime minister:
Honb’le Prime Minister,
It was a great honour and a learning experience for me to have been a part of the Government led by you for the past five years. Even earlier, the Party had blessed me with the responsibilities in the first NDA Government, in the Party organization and also while we were in the Opposition. I could not have asked for more.
During the last eighteen months, I have had some serious health challenges. My doctors have enabled me to emerge out of most of them. After the campaign had concluded and you were leaving for Kedarnath, I had orally informed you that even though I was able to discharge the responsibilities assigned to me during the campaign, I would in the future, for some time, like to keep away from any responsibility. This will enable me to concentrate on my treatment and health. The BJP and the NDA under your leadership, have had secured a spectacular win. The new Government would be sworn in tomorrow.
I am writing to you to formally request you that I should be allowed a reasonable time for myself, my treatment and my health and, therefore, not be a part of any responsibility, for the present, in the new Government.
I would obviously have a lot of time at my disposal to undertake any work to informally to support the Government or the Party.
With warm regards,
[ ARUN JAITLEY]
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