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Monday, March 13, 2017
Ministry after Manohar Parrikar's resignation
Mar, 13 2017 16:18:16 IST
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was
handed additional charge of the Defence Ministry on Monday after Manohar
Parikkar's resignation was accepted by President Pranab Mukhejee. Parrikar
will be sworn-in as Goa chief minister by Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday. Jaitley had earlier served as the defence
minister for a brief stint at the inception of the Narendra Modi government in
2014 – from 26 May to 9 November.
An official statement released by the
Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday said: "The President of India, as advised by
the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Shri Manohar Parrikar, from
the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75
of the Constitution." It said that the president, as advised by
the Prime Minister, had directed that Jaitley shall be assigned the charge of
the Ministry of Defence in addition to his existing portfolios. Parrikar had submitted evidence of BJP's
majority before the Goa governor – with support of 13 BJP MLAs, three MGP MLAs,
three from Goa Forward party and two independent MLAs, thus having a total
strength of 21 MLAs in the 40-member Assembly – the statement stated.
to a report in The Hindu, sources
in the Govt had revealed that changes in the Cabinet were imminent
and that at least one C M of a BJP ruled state may be asked to move
Sources had said that a senior general
secretary from the Central team of the BJP may be sent as a replacement chief
minister to Goa.
Another Hindu report
had quoted a source as saying, "For some time at least, the Defence portfolio
may be handed over as an additional charge to a current minister, possibly
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. But once the Parliament session is done, a
larger Cabinet reshuffle is possible."
Parrikar had sent a faxed letter of
resignation to the Prime Minister's Office ahead of the oath taking ceremony,
set for Tuesday at 5 pm at Raj Bhavan in Goa. Union home minister Rajnath Singh
and BJP president Amit Shah are expected to be present at the swearing-in
ceremony. BJP, which had bagged 13 seats in Goa, four
less than Congress, stole the march on its rival which has failed to muster the
numbers to capture power in the state.