Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday took charge of the Finance Ministry three months after he stopped attending office in April. Soon after visiting the office, he tweeted the pictures of the meeting he had with Secretaries in North Block. According to reports, the minister reached the office in the afternoon today. He had taken a three-month break for a renal transplant operation on May 14. President Ram Nath Kovind, acting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advise, assigned the portfolio of the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs to Arun Jaitley. In his absence, Piyush Goyal, the Railways Minister in the Modi Cabinet, served as temporary finance minister.
However, the 65-year-old politician held meeting with officials of finance ministry during his break. Following which, the opposition attacked the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, saying that government should clear who is the finance minister of our country.
Despite being away from the office, Jaitley was very much active on social media. He wrote many blogs on various economic and political issues like National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam, over four-decades of Emergency, No-confidence Motion in Parliament moved by Opposition, Rafale deal, GST and many more. On August 9, he was present in the Parliament during the elections for Rajya Chairman.