This Is Why Arun Jaitley refused to shake hands with PM Modi

In his first public appearance since undergoing a kidney transplant on May 14, Union Minister Arun Jaitley attended Parliament Thursday and cast his vote in the election for Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

However, on his first day, he had an uncomfortable moment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi walked inside Rajya Sabha today soon after the result of Deputy Chairman election was declared.

He shook hands with the winning National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh. Upon returning to his seat, which was next to Jaitley’s, PM Modi was seen extending his hand towards him. But Jaitley politely refused the handshake with a smile. Jaitley, who underwent a surgery recently, has been advised to limit his physical contact to avoid any kind of infection.


Mr. Jaitley had a bariatric surgery soon after the BJP-led coalition came to power in 2014. The surgery was to treat weight gain that he suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition, according to the Press Trust of India.

Jaitley, despite being out of office, has been vocal on social media. In blog posts, he has recently commented on GST, the Rafale deal and the economy, among other issues.