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'She Shattered The Glass Ceiling': Mehbooba Mufti Congratulates Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Sitharaman took over as the Union minister of finance and the minister of corporate affairs at the North Block in New Delhi on Friday.


Updated:May 31, 2019, 5:43 PM IST
'She Shattered The Glass Ceiling': Mehbooba Mufti Congratulates Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
New Delhi: Newly appointed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge at South Block, in New Delhi, Friday, May 31, 2019. Also seen is newly appointed MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur. (PTI)

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday congratulated Nirmala Sitharaman for becoming the first woman to take charge as a full-time Union finance minister.

"As the first woman to helm this crucial portfolio full time, she's shattered the glass ceiling by all means," the Peoples Democratic Party president said in a tweet, congratulating the former defence minister.

Sitharaman took over as the Union minister of finance at the North Block in New Delhi on Friday.

Sitharaman, who became the first full-time woman defence minister in the first tenure of the BJP government, will also head the Corporate Affairs ministry in the new cabinet.

Indira Gandhi, who handled the defence ministry in 1970-1971, as prime minister had also held additional charge of the defence ministry.

Sixty-year-old Sitharaman, a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, was at the helm of affairs when India conducted the Balakot air strike following the Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed group in which around 49 security personnel were killed.

Sitharaman became defence minister in September 2017, taking over from Arun Jaitley who was holding the portfolio as additional charge.

One of the BJP's chief spokespersons before its ascent to power, Sitharaman is an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the London School of Economics. She worked as senior manager (Research and Analysis) with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in London. During this time, she also briefly worked with the BBC World Service.

On her return to India, she served as deputy director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies at Hyderabad.

Sitharaman joined the BJP in 2008, and was made a member of the national executive. She was nominated as party spokesperson in March 2010 and has been a full time party worker since then. She was inducted in the Union Cabinet on May 26, 2014 as minister of state (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry.

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