Modi rejigs team, Sitharaman gets Def, Goyal Railways

Modi rejigs team, Sitharaman gets Def, Goyal Railways

As the Defence Minister, Ms Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, Home Minister, External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.

Nirmala Sitharaman emerged as the biggest gainer of the Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday as Prime Minister Modi gave her the heavyweight defence portfolio, while Piyush Goyal replaced Suresh Prabhu in the Railway Ministry in a major rejig, which saw nine new faces being inducted.

Mr Prabhu, who had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign after the train accidents last month, had been absent from his Rail Bhavan office from August 23.

The promotion of Naqvi, Pradhan, Sitharaman and Goyal, who were all State Ministers with independent charge, is an endorsement of their good performance, official sources said. "We are working towards forming a new India which will be the India for the poor and weaker sections", Naqvi said after he was sworn-in as a Union Minister in the morning.

R K Singh, former Home Secretary, was given charge of Power and New and Renewable Energy portfolios. All the three were elevated to Cabinet rank. Former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh has been made minister of state in HRD, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvination.

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Avoiding the word "pressure", Kerber mulled her lost season after the defeat, saying, "I had much less matches [than] past year ". Osaka controlled her emotions and shellacked Kerber, whose rocky 2017 Grand Slam season ended on an unforced forehand error .

While Modi has focussed on governance, he has also taken care of the BJP's political considerations.

The latest reshuffle confirms the pattern set more than a decade ago, during NDA-I, when the BJP's first-generation leadership, under Vajpayee and Advani, promoted the next set, including Sushma Swaraj, Pramod Mahajan, Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Modi.

Mr Prabhu also welcomed Piyush Goyal who will take charge of the Rail Ministry after him. Meghwal now has been shifted to Parliamentary Affairs.

Two other new faces are Ashwini Kumar Choubey, a member of the Lok Sabha from Bihar, and Shiv Pratap Shukla from Uttar Pradesh. Mr Rathore will also continue as MoS at I&B.

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