NEW DELHI: Ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) president and chief strategist Amit Shah who won Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 5.57 lakh votes has become India’s new home minister, and Rajnath Singh has been allocated defence portfolio.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Council of ministers that includes 25 members as Cabinet ministers, 9 with independent charge, and 24 as state ministers took the oath of office on Thursday at Rastrapati Bhawan.
Friday, the new government allocated portfolios to ministers that include Nirmala Sitharaman as Finance Minister, Rajnath Singh as Defence Minister, S Jaishankar as External Affairs Minister, Prakash Javadekar as Information and Broadcasting Minister.
Ravi Shankar Prasad has been given Telecom Ministry, following Manoj Sinha loss in the election from Ghazipur constituency. In addition, Prasad would continue with the Law and IT portfolios.
Senior party leader Nitin Gadkari retained his ministry of Road Transport and Highways and has also become the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister.
Arvind Sawant has become Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise, Dharmendra Pradhan has retained the Minister f Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi too would continue as Minority Affairs Minister.
The Modi government in its second term has dropped former finance minister Arun Jaitley, following health issues, former external minister Sushma Swaraj, Jayant Sinha, Maneka Gandhi, and JP Nadda.