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Arun Jaitley gets Defence Ministry after Parrikar takes charge of Goa

Arun Jaitley gets Defence Ministry after Parrikar takes charge of Goa

India Blooms News Service | | 13 Mar 2017, 07:56 pm
New Delhi, Mar 13 (IBNS): With Manohar Parrikar resigning from the Council of Ministers, President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Monday directed Arun Jaitley to take the additional charge of Ministry of Defence.

"The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Manohar Parrikar, from the Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution," a press communique from President's Secretariat stated.

"Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Shri Arun Jaitely, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence, in addition to his existing portfolios," it said.

Arun Jaitley had earlier served as the Defence Minister for a short while in 2014.

Parrikar resigned from his post of Defence Minister prior to his appointment as Goa CM on Sunday.

Parrikar was the Defence Minister from November, 2014 to March 13, 2017.