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Narendra Modi Cabinet Reshuffle 2017: Nirmala Sitharaman Gets Defence, Piyush Goyal Railways

Edited By: Ananya Chakraborty

News18.com

Last Updated: September 03, 2017, 14:21 IST

New  Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman enjoys the trust of the BJP top brass.  (A Network18 creative)

New Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman enjoys the trust of the BJP top brass. (A Network18 creative)

At least nine new ministers will join the Council of Ministers as part of a major revamp ahead of the 2019 elections.

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.

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