Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman, 58, is the current Union Defence Minister under Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Earlier, she held the position of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, during the first three years of the NDA regime. She served as a member of the National Commission for Women between 2003-2005. She was first inivited to become a member fo the BJP's National Executive in 2008, after which she became actively involved with party's economic and political resolutions. She

was appointed as the National spokesperson of the party in 2010. In 2012, Sitharaman worked directly under Modi, given the responsibility of organising BJPs media campaign for the elections.

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Mayawati’s personal slur against Modi, BJP says she must apologise, unfit for public life

Mayawati’s attack on the Prime Minister came a day after Modi questioned her response to the alleged gangrape of a Dalit woman in Rajasthan’s Alwar, and asked why her party had not withdrawn support to the Congress state government.

Come clean on Agusta scam: Nirmala Sitharaman to Congress chief

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to come clean on AgustaWestland deal scam, which took place under the UPA’s tenure, before speaking on the Rafale deal.


Nirmala Sitharaman: Imran Khan's statement on BJP's win could be Congress' ploy

Nirmala Sitharaman also said that the onus to prove whether a terrorist camp was hit or not during the Balakot air strikes was on Pakistan.

Nirmala Sitharaman visits Shashi Tharoor in hospital, Congress MP says 'civility rare in Indian politics'

Shashi Tharoor sustained injuries on his head, which required six stitches, when the hook of a weighing scale came off and its iron panel hit his head while performing 'thulabharam' ritual at a temple.

Nirmala Sitharaman: ‘Pakistan needed 40 days to take journalists (to Balakot)... they can whitewash’

They can do the necessary whitewashing, they can take as many people as they want, says Nirmala Sitharaman.

Rafale deal: BJP accuses Cong president of contempt of court, Rahul says justice done

Taking a dig at Rahul, Sitharaman said he has crossed the line of decency in his comments on the court and that he is repeatedly misleading people on the Rafale fighter jet deal.


Don’t vote for candidate, vote for Modi: Nirmala Sitharaman

Speaking at a meeting of BJP leaders in Vadodara, with retired defence personnel also present, Sitharaman accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of “prohibiting” the Army from giving a befitting reply to Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Vote for PM Modi, not BJP candidate: Nirmala Sitharaman to voters

Nirmala Sitharaman said, "When you choose the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol), it is your direct vote to elect Modiji. We have to bring back the Modi sarkar to complete all the works that are in progress right now"

Sad to see our own people questioning armed forces: Nirmala Sitharaman

"What can we say about our own citizens who question our armed forces? I feel sad," Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Nirmala Sitharaman on Mission Shakti ASAT missile test: Decision taken in 2014... no country will share or sell this tech, it's our own

Nirmala Sitharaman on Mission Shakti ASAT missile test: "PM (Modi) is the Minister for Space, isn’t he? If people are questioning the decision of PM to make an address to the nation they should know the importance of this achievement for our national security."

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Modi's Day 2 in Germany

Narendra Modi enters the second day of his Germany visit.

2014: The year of PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the top news and newsmaker in 2014. He led BJP to a historic election victory and formed a stable government at the Centre.


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Rafale deal couldn't take place without Reliance, says report

A report has claimed a top official of Dassault Aviation said in 2017 that a joint venture with Anil Ambani’s Reliance group was a condition to win the 36 jet Rafale deal.

Opinion | In Modi's Reshuffle, Bureaucrats Are In And Loyalty Pays

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 […]


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet reshuffle

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 […]