Nirmala Sitharaman becomes Defence Minister, Suresh Prabhu gets Commerce

Nirmala Sitharaman becomes Defence Minister, Suresh Prabhu gets Commerce

Nirmala Sitharaman becomes Defence Minister, Suresh Prabhu gets Commerce

He replaces Suresh Prabhu who had offered to resign in the wake of a range of rail accidents.

The stage is all set for what is said to be one of the major cabinet reshuffle in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge of the crucial Defence ministry from Arun Jaitley
Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge of the crucial Defence ministry from Arun Jaitley

Sitharaman takes over the charge of the ministry from Arun Jaitley, who has been taking care of both Finance and defence Ministry for some time now.

Nitin Gadkari is Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping; and Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

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Rajyavardhan Rathore is Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. "Wishing you all a great life", Prabhu tweeted after a swearing in ceremony of ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The new entrants to the Union Cabinet include Shiv Pratap Shukla, Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh; Ashwini Choubey, Lok Sabha MP from Bihar's Buxar; Veerandra Kumar, Lok Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh's Tikamgah. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, from Jodhpur, has been inducted as part of BJP's plans for poll-bound Rajasthan.

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The first cabinet had a number of hard-core politicians who may not necessarily have been suited to the portfolios they were assigned. I will always cherish these memories with me.

"I will wait for the portfolio to be announced", Ms Sitharaman told NDTV today after she took oath as a cabinet minister, when asked about what her priority would be in her new role as a member of the cabinet.

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