Nirmala Sitharaman, today elevated to Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet 3.0, called her appointment proof that the Bharatiya Janata Party is deeply interested in women empowerment. She, however, will have to wait two days before assuming charge of her ministry.
The Defence Ministry has a previously scheduled visit to Japan for its minister that Arun Jaitley will go on before relinquishing the post and taking full-time charge of India’s finances.
Sitharaman, who was previously the minister of commerce, spoke to India Today soon after she was named raksha mantri and said that it would be challenge to fill the Arun Jaitley’s shoes. Jaitley, who held the additional charge of defence, leaves South Block to focus on the Finance Ministry.[“Source-indiatoday”]