Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to continue in his current role due to poor health as Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second term, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter. “He is definitely not taking the post of the finance minister simply because he is very unwell,” one of the sources, who did not want to be named, told Reuters. “If at all, he might take up a less stressful role.” Jaitley did not return messages. CHIEF TROUBLESHOOTERIn his latest message on social media, Jaitley congratulated Prime Minister Modi and all the workers of the BJP and its allies on the victory. India’s economy is showing major signs of a slowdown after three consecutive years of 7 per cent plus growth rates and the next finance minister is expected to seek to provide some economic stimulus without blowing the lid off the nation’s fiscal deficit.
Source: Indian Express May 24, 2019 15:21 UTC