Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation as Defence Min a significant landmark: Jaitley

Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation as Defence Min a significant landmark: Jaitley”

The announcement was made on Sunday, September 3 in the cabinet reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sitharaman has been made defense minister less than two years before the elections, a crucial juncture where she will have to deal with structural inadequacies and bring in defence reforms.

Reacting to her appointment, Sithraman said she felt very humbled and she can not describe her recognition in words.

These three ministers reportedly felt that it is the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) that has come to be increasingly running all affairs related to the defence establishment, from defence procurement to handling military operations.

"I am humbled at the trust and confidence reposed on me by Honourable Prime Minister, Party President and senior leadership of the Party", Pradhan said on Twitter. Neither has there ever been two women heading the respective ministries.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Sanjeev Balyan both said they were told to resign by the party and they unquestioningly did so.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: He is one of the prominent face representing the Muslim community in the council of ministers.

Earlier, she had served as the spokesperson of BJP after which she was promoted to become the Minister of States for Ministry of Commerce and Industry in May 2014. Politically, BJP leaders suggest that the elevation was well deserved given the political contributions of Goyal and Pradhan, apart from their work as ministers of state with independent charge. Not apologetic about a lack of talent pool within the party, the BJP did not hesitate in getting friendly bureaucrats into the government.

Smriti Irani retained her Information and Broadcasting Ministry besides the Textiles Ministry. He has drafted in former career diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri, and K J Alphons, once widely known as Delhi's "Demolition Man", Satya Pal Singh, former Mumbai police commissioner, and former home secretary R K Singh. Suresh Prabhu, who was sidelined in the Shiv Sena, was persuaded to join the BJP and given the important portfolio of Railways. He is also a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and was earlier the National Treasurer of the BJP.

“I am sure, now that I have an extremely competent successor in Nirmala Sitharaman, she will carry the road forward, ” Jaitley said congratulating Sitharaman. Even in terms of representation from the 10 states that are due for assembly elections in 2018 and 2019, the only change is Madhya Pradesh (down from 7 to 6) and Rajasthan (up from 4 to 5).

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