Nirmala Sitharaman will be the new Defence Minister of India - the second woman to be in-charge of the portfolio after Indira Gandhi. By virtue of her elevation she automatically is now part of the all-powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). In the process, the first time MP leapfrogs over senior party colleagues in the Cabinet. Piyush Goyal is the new Railway Minister.
Hard to believe as it may be, the tough BJP leader secured her MA from JNU in 1980, and went on to submit a PhD on 'the India-Europe textile trade within the GATT framework'.
Sep 3, 2017 4:08 pm (IST)
It's a challenge. PM Modi and party have shown confidence in me to meet this challenge: RK Singh, newly appointed Power Minister on problems in power sector
Sep 3, 2017 4:04 pm (IST)
My gratitude to PM for reposing faith in me and giving me a very important ministry: New Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told ANI. "Appeal to all sports federations, lets keep sportsmen as most important person,everything else will fall into place later".
CNN-News18’s Pallavi Ghosh caught up with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after Sunday’s Cabinet reshuffle and the announcement of portfolios. Excerpts:
Sep 3, 2017 3:27 pm (IST)
NDA is almost dead
After cabinet reshuffle, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the NDA is "almost dead" and that BJP remembers it only when it needs some support. Though a long-time ally of the BJP, Sena has often been at loggerheads with the senior partner. Its lone member in the Union ministry is Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete. "BJP-led National Democratic Alliance exists only on paper.
Sep 3, 2017 3:12 pm (IST)
If today’s Union Cabinet reshuffle has anything to do with the BJP’s Mission 2019, it is not yet evident. The exercise sends all kinds of messages other than what was expected; that it will indicate, substantially, the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah strategy for the next general elections. The clear indication as on date is that the reshuffle is only the first in a series of future rejigs before the party actually sits down to thrash its electoral strategy. The reshuffle was necessary. From the administrative point of view, vacancies needed to be filled and senior ministers relieved of additional portfolios and the party needed to shed some deadwood.
The pace of modernisation and reforms within railways will be another major challenge. While Prabhu had got the ball rolling, much more work needs to be done.
Sep 3, 2017 2:41 pm (IST)
With Prabhu’s exit, Piyush Goyal, who was elevated to Cabinet rank on Sunday, will take over as the 39th Railway Minister of India – the ninth in the last eight years.
Railways, many believe, is a ‘jinxed’ ministry. The fact that there have been eight ministers in Rail Bhawan over the last eight years is testament to how difficult it is to hold down the job. While some quit in the wake of devastating rail accidents, others were plagued by corruption scandals and a few exited while pursuing greater political goals. But the scale of work in the ministry is enough to overwhelm anybody. For the new Minister for Railways, the challenges will be immense.
Sep 3, 2017 2:39 pm (IST)
Five Indications That There May Be another Cabinet Expansion to Accomodate Allies:
The AIADMK and JD(U) were two allies which were widely believed to be joining the government. On Sunday Morning however only BJP ministers took oath. Does this exercise at cabinet expansion leave scope to bring allies on board in the future? Perhaps there is. With some ministers holding multiple portfolios, the allies if sworn in later can be allocated these ministries.
Dr Harshvardhan holds additional charge of Science and Technology along with Environment and Forest. One ministry can be given to an NDA ally.
R K Singh has been allocated both Power and Renewable Energy. The may be asked to give up the second portfolio to accommodate an ally.
P Radhakrishnan holds twin charge of MoS Finance and Shipping, one department can be given to an ally.
Alphons K also holds two is Minister for Tourism and Electronics.
The aim to have a full time defence minister assumes importance in the wake of the opposition charge against the government of neglecting the the all-important ministry.
Sep 3, 2017 2:19 pm (IST)
It was a great experience. Not possible to continue indefinitely in two ministries. Happy to have a competent successor, says Arjun Jaitley to CNN-News18. "Now, we have two competent women in the Cabinet, which is not just great for the women of this country, but also for the nation. Our External Affairs Minister is a lady, our Defence Minister is a woman too". "Performance is the only message that the Prime Minister is trying to send through the reshuffling," says Arun Jaitley.
Sep 3, 2017 2:10 pm (IST)
Welcome Mr Prabhu to Industry (manufacturing in doldrums) and Commerce (exports stagnant). Best wishes.