Amit Shah, who led the BJP to an eminent national election triumph, will be Home Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government, which sets up him as the new number two. The second Narendra Modi-led BJP government on Friday appointed Nirmala Sitharaman as the new finance minister. Sitharaman replaced Arun Jaitley who chose to quit on health grounds.
Rajnath Singh, who was Home Minister in the past government of PM Narendra Modi, will be Defense Minister.
Nirmala Sitharaman will swap the Defense Ministry for Finance and Corporate Affairs, which makes her one of the leading firefighters of the government in the midst of economic challenges. In a few hours, GDP numbers will give a sign of exactly how intense work India’s first full-time woman finance minister has at hand.
Nirmala Sitharaman’s move to the Finance portfolio apparently is a gigantic promotion and the huge shock of the portfolio declarations; numerous reports had recommended Amit Shah would assume control over the ministry after Arun Jaitley, who quit the second Narendra Modi government because of his poor health.
Career diplomat S Jaishankar, who was Foreign Secretary in the past government, has been selected the External Affairs Minister in his debut stint. He is recognized as a standout amongst the most splendid personalities in foreign policy and was a sounding board for PM Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister will keep the departments of Atomic Energy and Space.
Nitin Gadkari holds his ministry of Road Transport and Highways and has additionally been distributed the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry.
Smriti Irani, who was tipped to be rewarded with a high profile ministry for her mind boggling triumph in Amethi over its three-time MP and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, will be Minister for Women and Child Development.
Prakash Javadekar will be the new Information and Broadcasting Minister.
Ram Vilas Paswan will be Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
PM Narendra Modi was confirmed for the second time in a stunning ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday, with 57 ministers. Upwards of 37 ministers have been dropped, including Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Jayant Sinha and Rajyavardhan Rathore.
In a tweet the last night, PM Narendra Modi depicted his team 2.0 as “a blend of youthful energy and administrative experience”.