Profile: BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman rewarded with ministerial berth
Nirmala Sitharaman is another articulate BJP spokesperson who have been rewarded with a ministerial berth.
A serious, at times stern, communicator during TV debates, she is nevertheless liked due to her sincere approach and also the fact she does her best to reply to all questions thrown at her.
Not a member of either Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha presently, she is likely to be nominated to the Upper House by BJP.
Born in Tamil Nadu and married into an Andhra family, the 59-year-old joined BJP even though her in-laws have had an association with Congress.
She is also a former member of National Commission for Women.
Naik is a fourth term MP from North Goa and was Minister of State in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Considered a competitor to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Goa BJP, Naik belongs to influential Bhandari community which constitutes 27 per cent of Goa’s population. Before being elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1999, Naik, 61, was a member of the Legislative Assembly for seven years. He retained his North Goa LS seat in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
As Minister of State, Naik held Agriculture, Shipping, Civil Aviation and Finance portfolios between 2000 and 2004.
He wanted to return to state politics at the time of the assembly elections in 2012 but was denied ticket.