The big question is how Nirmala Sitharaman pipped everyone to the post and bagged the heavyweight Defence portfolio. The PM may be pleased with Sitharaman’s honesty, hard work, draftsmanship and ability to give a précis of lengthy documents, but other factors also weighed in her favour.
Editor of Inquilab, Shakeel Shamsi, in his column on September 4, writes: “Usually, BJP leaders are particular about choosing auspicious time and other details for any event. But this time, PM Modi, ignoring superstition, opted for the swearing in on September 3, of 13 Ministers.”
Portfolios headed by Ministers of State with independent charge drops to 12 from 15 after Sunday’s rejig with crucial ministries like coal, commerce, petroleum and skill development now under ministers with Cabinet-rank
The CM also asserted that Suresh Prabhu -- another minister from the state -- took several steps to improve railway connectivity in Maharashtra and minimise travel woes of Mumbai residents. The new railway minister, Piyush Goyal, would be similarly helpful, he said.
Giving A major fillip to the BJP’s third generation of leaders since the party was founded by A B Vajpayee and L K Advani in 1980, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday rolled out his third Cabinet reshuffle by naming Nirmala Sitharaman as Defence Minister, assigning the politically crucial Railways portfolio to Piyush Goyal and giving additional charge […]
The elevation of Sitharaman, Goyal and Pradhan brings them in the league of other leaders under 60 years of age, such as Nitin Gadkari, J P Nadda and Smriti Irani, in the Union Cabinet and furthers the BJP’s plan of political promotion for its third generation of leaders. To know more about the story watch […]