Arun Jaitley
Arun JaitleyIANS

Ahead of Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on May 30, Union Minister Arun Jaitley writes to the Prime Minister, saying that he does not want to be the Finance Minister. Taking to Twitter, Jaitley released a letter in which he said: "I have today written a letter to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, a copy of which I am releasing."

Jaitley wants to stay away from "any responsibility" in the Modi government's second term in office. He said that he had earlier told PM Modi about his decision. He cited health reasons for his decision. In his letter, said staying away from any responsibility will help him concentrate on his treatment and health.

Writing to the prime minister, Jaitley said in the last 18 months, he's had some "serious health challenges". "My doctors have enabled me to emerge out of most of them," Jaitley said.

Earlier reports had suggested that the Jaitley is in good shape and his health has been worsening. Due to his ill health, he may have to travel abroad for medical treatment.

However, government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said that these hypotheses are false and baseless rumours. Taking to Twitter, Sitanshu Kar said, "Reports in a section of media regarding Union Minister Shri Arun Jaitley's health condition are false and baseless. Media is advised to stay clear of rumour mongering."

Jaitley, who is one of the top three leaders of the BJP after PM Modi and party president Amit Shah, was admitted to AIIMS earlier this month to undergo tests and treatment for an undisclosed illness. He was discharged later but did not attend the victory celebrations at BJP headquarters last week after the party's emphatic victory in general elections.

(This is a breaking story)