Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Nirmala Sitharaman is India's defence minister

Nirmala Sitharaman is India's defence minister

Goyal, who was Minister of State with independent charge, held Coal and Power Ministry before his elevation. Indira Gandhi had earlier held the defence portfolio twice, but that was in addition to being Prime Minister.

While speaking on Piyush Goyal as his successor, Prabhu said the former is like younger brother to him and Goyal will bring a new thinking and would be successful.

Ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle, six ministers - Uma Bharti, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Bandaru Dattatreya, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Kalraj Mishra, Sanjeev Balyan - resigned in the last few days.

As for surprises, the PM inducted two prominent retired bureaucrats, Hardeep Singh Puri and Alphons Kannanthanam, for housing and urban affairs and tourism and information technology respectively.

Pradhan, now a cabinet minister, has emerged as the BJP's face in Odisha and become one of its prominent leaders as the party has highlighted the "success" of his ministry's scheme of giving free LPG connections to the poor in its political campaigns.

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This discount ranges from €800 to €6,500 off a new vehicle , depending on the model being bought. Electric and hybrid vehicles, which attract government grants, will be included in the scheme.

R K Singh, former Home Secretary, was given charge of Power and New and Renewable Energy portfolios.

Meanwhile, Vijay Goel has been made MoS in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

The latest reshuffle confirms the pattern set more than a decade ago, during NDA-I, when the BJP's first-generation leadership, under Vajpayee and Advani, promoted the next set, including Sushma Swaraj, Pramod Mahajan, Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Modi. Mr Jaitley, who was holding additional charge of defence, will continue as finance minister, Ms Swaraj as external affairs minister and Mr Singh as home minister.

After the third major reshuffle of the Narendra Modi Cabinet, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu quits on Sunday.

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