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Don't want responsibility: Jaitley opts out of new govt citing poor health

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting that he should not be made part of the new Union Cabinet

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says he won't take up a post in the new government.

Arup Roychoudhury New Delhi
Just a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers are sworn in for a second term, Arun Jaitley, who held the important finance portfolio in the first term, has written to him and requested that he should not be given any responsibility for now and be allowed time off due to his ill health.
 
This means there will be a new finance minister. According to bureaucratic and political buzz, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal or BJP President Amit Shah himself could be considered to take charge at North Block.
 
Jaitley on Wednesday tweeted a copy

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First Published: May 29 2019 | 1:34 PM IST

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