With Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah out of motion this week, are PM Modi’s left and proper hand tied?

The BJP president, two cabinet ministers and a senior party functionary are currently in, or have been admitted in hospitals this week.


  • Arun Jaitley in US for medical check-up
  • Amit Shah being treated for swine flu
  • RS Prasad admitted to AIIMS this week, discharged today

Two of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s seniormost lieutenants — Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah — have been out of action this week.

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Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister of Finance, flew to the US for a medical check-up. Sources said he would be back home by the weekend. He had a kidney transplant last year.

Jaitley continues to be active on social media — he took some swipes at critics of the Modi government today in a blog post about “compulsive contrarians”.

What about Amit Shah? The BJP president is receiving treatment for swine flu at AIIMS in New Delhi. The party says he’ll be discharged soon.

But Shah and Jaitley aren’t the only BJP leaders who’ve been sick.

Jaitley’s cabinet colleague, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, was admitted to AIIMS on Monday following complaints of nasal congestion. A source said later that he was out of the ICU and shifted to a private ward. He was discharged today, and said he was “feeling much better”.

“Comprehensive tests were done and all parameters are fine,” he said.

Finally, Ram Lal, the BJP’s National General Secretary (Organisation), was admitted to the Kailash Hospital in Noida this week due to high fever.

Also remember: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who previously served as PM Modi’s defence minister, returned to the coastal state on October 14 after being hospitalised at AIIMS. Photos from his first public appearance after his return showed him with a tube in his nose.

The BJP drew flak for the images. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, for example, said it was “inhuman to force him to continue working and doing photo-ops”.

THE STORY IN A NUTSHELL: A number of the BJP’s top leaders, including two cabinet minister and the party president, have been unwell this week.

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