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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley given additional charge of Defence Ministry

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Source: NDTV

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of Defence Ministry on Monday, as per Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The move comes in the wake of resignation of Manohar Parrikar as the defence minister.

Parrikar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday heading the BJP-led ministry which has the support of regional outfits and Independents.

“I have tendered my resignation as Defence Minister and sent it to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)” Parrikar told PTI today.

“I will be taking the oath on Tuesday evening along with the Cabinet ministers,” he added.

The BJP, which failed to cross the half-way mark in the assembly polls with its tally dipping to 13 from 21, pulled off a coup yesterday by enlisting the support of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents, to reach the magic figure of 21 in the 40-member house.

Thirteen BJP MLA and other legislators who pledged support to the party met Governor Mridula Sinha last evening, who later invited Parrikar to form the government.

Parrikar, 61, an engineer from IIT-Bombay, led the BJP in 2012 to victory and became the CM. He, however, was made the Defence Minister at the Centre in 2014 and was succeeded by Laxmikant Parsekar as the CM.

Parrikar, who graduated to the BJP from the RSS ranks, had also served as CM of the state from 2000 to 2002 and from 2002 to 2005.


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