Suresh Prabhu, who quit Shiv Sena and joined the BJP yesterday morning, is the country’s new Railway Minister. Former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar will be the new Defence Minister, after 21 new ministers were sworn-in on Saturday.
Suresh Prabhu. Pic/PTI
Prabhu, who was Power Minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led previous NDA government, received the party’s primary membership in the morning and was welcomed by senior party leaders. The 61-year-old banker-politician joins the ruling party at a time when there is simmering tension between the Sena and the BJP.
Parrikar takes over the charge from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who held the Defence portfolio as an additional charge. Interestingly, Jaitley has been given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
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