Modi meets Jaitley at latter’s residence

Modi meets Jaitley at latter’s residence

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New Delhi, May 30: Hours after senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley wrote a letter to Prime Minister stating that he would not like to be part of the second Modi-led ministry, Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening drove to the ailing party colleague's house.

The visit came amid speculation that Modi could urge his Finance Minister in the outgoing ministry and a close friend of many years to reconsider his decision. Earlier in the day, putting to rest all speculation, Jaitley had in a letter informed Prime Minister that as he is not keeping well, he would not be interested to be part of new union cabinet - that would be sworn in on Thursday evening.

"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 any part of any responsibility for the present in the new government," Jaitley wrote in his letter.

The Prime Minister held a series of meetings in the past two days with party president Amit Shah to finalise names of the council of ministers.