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PM Modi spoke to FM Arun Jaitley hours before kidney transplant operation

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Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a press conference in New Delhi on November 9, 2016. India's government tried to quell the panic November 8 caused by a bombshell decision to withdraw 500 and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation after cash machines ran dry and shares slid. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the notes would no longer be legal tender in a blitz against "black money", his finance minister said replacement 500 and 2,000 rupee bills would be available from November 10 and only tax dodgers stood to lose out from the move. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Arun Jaitley, hours before the finance minister underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS this morning. Government sources said Modi was in touch with Jaitley’s family to get updates on his health throughout the day today.

Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant surgery at AIIMS this morning. “The surgery has been successful. Both the recipient and the donor are stable and recovering well,” a statement from Aarti Vij, the head of the media and protocol division of the AIIMS, said.

Jaitley has been unwell for a while and was undergoing treatment at AIIMS.