- RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tweeted a photo of Arun Jaitley
- Lawmaker Swapan Dasgupta vouched for Mr Jaitley's "terrific form and wit"
- Mr Jaitley was absent from office weeks before BJP's election victory
Government officials and friends of Arun Jaitley, 66, took to social media on the weekend to deny media reports that he was unwell. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das tweeted a photo with the finance minister after a "courtesy meeting," while lawmaker Swapan Dasgupta vouched for his "terrific form and wit." Government spokesman Sitanshu Kar said on Sunday that reports of Mr Jaitley's health were "false and baseless."
Arun Jaitley was largely absent from office in the weeks before the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide election victory. He missed a cabinet event on Friday, and wasn't at a party meeting on Saturday, where Narendra Modi was named prime minister for a second term. The finance minister had a kidney transplant in 2018 and has received regular medical treatment and care since then.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who stood in for Mr Jaitley twice before, is a possible candidate to succeed him. Amit Shah, a close aide of PM Modi and president of the BJP, could also be a contender, according to a Reuters report.
PM Modi and his cabinet are likely to be sworn into office on Thursday.
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