1. Cabinet Reshuffle Updates: Nirmala Sitharaman becomes new Defence Minister, says have to fulfill goals

Cabinet Reshuffle Updates: Nirmala Sitharaman becomes new Defence Minister, says have to fulfill goals

Cabinet Reshuffle LIVE Updates: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government went for a major Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday morning at 10:30 am when several new ministers were added to the think tank at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in presence of President Ram Nath Kovind.

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Cabinet Reshuffle Updates: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government went for a major Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday morning at 10:30 am when several new ministers were added to the think tank at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in presence of President Ram Nath Kovind. Dharmendra Pradhan was the one to take the oath followed by Piyush Goyal. PM Modi expanded his Council of Ministers by inducting nine new Ministers. These are: Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Virendra Kumar (SC), Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh, and Alphons Kannanthanam. All the new ministers are from ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

READ | Full list of all Union ministers and their updated portfolios

Here are the updates of Cabinet Reshuffle:-

8.00 pm: Industry body CII today said the Cabinet reshuffle has instilled confidence that the path of reforms and ‘ease of doing business’ will continue to be the Modi government’s top priority.

7.55 pm: The rejig has been “carefully strategized” with an aim to to impart fresh impetus to India’s development process, CII said in a statement.

7.50 pm: “Overall, the direction of the reshuffle inspires confidence that the path of reforms, ease of doing business and timely implementation will continue to be top priority. This is vital at time when the GDP growth has been flagging,” CII  President Shobana Kamineni said.

7.40 pm: In his first message as country’s sports minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday assured that “best of the opportunities” will be provided to all sportspersons in their endeavour to make India a strong sporting nation, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

7.30 pm: The massive message that he sent to sportspersons and which may well be the focus of his stint as Sports minister is, “Win medals at all levels – village level or at the Olympic level.

7.20 pm: Sports is a state subject so we will work together with the state departments to provide, like I said, best of the opportunities for the sportspersons,” Rathore was quoted as saying as PTI.

7.10 pm: Sports is a state subject so we will work together with the state departments to provide, like I said, best of the opportunities for the sportspersons,” Rathore was quoted as saying as PTI.

7.00 pm: Rathore, who himself is a sportsman, added, “The most important thing is that the sportsman only has one challenge and that is to overcome adversaries, and enhance the level of their sports.”

6.40 pm: “Every criticism is a message and we have to learn from it. I am not averse to criticism and also not frightened of it, but certainly take messages from them.

6.25 pm: To a query on the opposition criticism of her working as the commerce minister, the BJP leader said she was neither averse, nor frightened by criticism.

6.10 pm: “Somebody who has come from a small town, grown into the party with all the support of the leadership, and if given such responsibility, it just makes you feel sometimes that cosmic grace is there. Otherwise, it is impossible,” she told reporters here soon after taking oath.

5.55 pm: Have to prove & perform to satisfy the goals which are expected of me. In all probability, it(taking charge) will be on Sept 6: N Sitharaman

5.40 pm: What is more important is there are going to be 2 women in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), Sushma-ji & me: New Defence Minister

5.25 pm: It is very big responsibility. To me, very overwhelming day, just can’t express my feelings: newly appointed Defence Min Nirmala Sitharaman

5.10 pm:  Shekhawat and Raj will replace SS Ahluwalia and Sudharshan Bhagat, who have been moved as Ministers of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation and Tribal Affairs respectively in the major cabinet rejig.

5.00 pm:  The expansion of the Narendra Modi cabinet at the Centre is an attempt to divert the attention of the people from the government’s “failure” in tackling burning issues the country is facing, BSP chief Mayawati said today.

4.50 pm:  The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, while referring to the induction nine new ministers, also said that retired bureaucrats were being relied on more than politicians.

4.40 pm: Earlier, RJD supremo took potshots at Kumar for withdrawing a dinner invite to BJP leaders, including the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, at Patna in 2010, over an advertisement row and alleged that the latter had not forgotten it.

4.35 pm: Earlier, Modi was right in not “accepting” the invite to visit Patna for having lunch with the chief minister at his official residence recently after an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Bihar, the RJD leader said.

4.30 pm: Earlier, Prasad claimed, in doing so the prime minister has returned “favour” to Nitish Kumar for having cancelled the dinner invite for the visiting BJP leaders seven years ago.

4.20 pm: On the induction of the former home secretary and the BJP MP from Arrah, R K Singh, in the Modi government, Prasad said that the former bureaucrat should have been made a Cabinet minister given his vast experience.

4.10 pm: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad claimed that Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) was not even invited to join the NDA government by Prime Minister Narendra Modi or BJP chief Amit Shah in the Cabinet reshuffle today.

4.05 pm: Four junior ministers were today elevated to the cabinet rank and nine new faces inducted as Ministers of State, in a
rejig by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

4.00 pm:   “Some JD(U) leaders had got new Kurta Pyjama and Bundi stitched for the swearing-in ceremony, but the elusive
invitation did not come,” Lalu Yadav said.

3.55 pm: The JD(U) national president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had yesterday admitted that his party had not
been invited to join the government nor consulted by the BJP brass on the expansion issue, Prasad said.

3.50 pm: “Why should Prime Minister Modi or BJP president Shah consult Kumar when they know about his character?” the RJD
supremo said in a dig at the JD(U) chief, who had dumped the Grand Alliance in July to form a government in Bihar with the BJP.

3.45 pm: Suresh Prabhu today bade farewell to the Railway Ministry and moved on to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, after Piyush Goyal was given charge of the crucial portfolio which runs the transport behemoth.

3.40 pm: Soon after the oath ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan ended where Goyal and three other Ministers of State were elevated to the cabinet rank and nine new faces inducted into the council of ministers, Prabhu tweeted indicating his exit.

3.35 pm: “Thanks to all 13 Lacs+ rail family for their support, love, goodwill. I will always cherish these memories with me. Wishing you all a great life,” Prabhu said.

3.25 pm: I am sure, now that I have an extremely competent successor in Nirmala Sitharaman, she will carry the road forward: Union Min Arun Jaitley

3.20 pm: It is a case where a minister performs well and earns a higher responsibility for herself (Nirmala Sitharaman): Union Min Arun Jaitley

3.15 pm: Very significant landmark in this reshuffle is that we now have Nirmala Sitharaman as the new Defence Minister: Union Min Arun Jaitley

3.10 pm: In the role of Defence Minister, 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.

2.50 pm: Nirmala Sitharaman’s first reaction after being alloted the portfolio of Ministry of Defence.

2.40 pm: In big development today, Nirmala Sitharaman emerged as the biggest gainer of the cabinet reshuffle today 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.

2.35 pm: Congratulate all the 13 ministers. I hope they work together towards bringing in New India: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh.

2.30 pm: Delhi: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan offered prayers at Jagannath Temple

2.25 pm: Giriraj Singh is now Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

2.20 pm: Congratulate all the 13 ministers. I hope they work together towards bringing in New India: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh #cabinetreshuffle

2:15 PM Anantkumar Hegde becomes Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

2:14 PM Dr Virendra Kumar gets the portfolio of Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

2:13 PM Ashwini Kumar Choubey becomes Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

2:12 PM Shiv Pratap Shukla becomes Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.

2:11 PM Alphons Kannanthanam becomes Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

2:11 PM Alphons Kannanthanam becomes Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

2:09 PM Hardeep Singh Puri becomes Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

2:08 PM CABINET MINISTERS:-

Dharmendra Pradhan is Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Piyush Goyal is now Minister of Railways and Minister of Coal.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gets Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Nirmala Sitharaman is now Minister of Defence.

2:04 PM Suresh Prabhu is now Minister of Commerce and Industry.

1:50 PM: Ashwini Kumar Choubey is the new MoS in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, reports CNN-News 18.

1:46 PM: Dr Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is the new Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

1:43 PM: Uma Bharti has not been removed from the Cabinet. Instead, she has been given Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry.

1:42 PM: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is the new Minister of Minority Affairs. This is a big news as well.

1:39 PM: Alphons Kannanthanam, another newly inducted minister is the MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Tourism and MoS Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

1:34 PM: Hardeep Puri who was one of the new ministers in the list will get be the MoS Urban Development Ministry.

1:32 PM: R K Singh is the new MoS Power, K Alphons is MoS Tourism.

1:28 PM: Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has been given Ganga, water management. Whether he keeps the Transport Ministry is still unclear.

1:26 PM: Dharmendra Pradhan has got the skill development ministry while Narendra Singh Tomar has been given mining, reports Republic TV.

1:23 PM: Sitharaman will be the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the Defence Ministry. Manohar Parrikar says that she will do justice to her job.

1:21 PM: It is being reported that Smriti Irani has kept the I&B Ministry.

1:19 PM: Piyush Goyal has been given the Railways ministry while Suresh Prabhu is the new Commerce Minister of India.

1:18 PM: The wait is over! Nirmala Sitharaman is the new Defence Minister of India, reports CNN-News 18.

1:08 PM: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje:  The induction of proficient administrators from diverse backgrounds shall ensure overall progress.

1 PM: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has said that the Cabinet rejig is a reflective of the will to make a New India

12:51 PM: Ashwini Kumar Choubey says that he will work responsibly and will never betray PM Narendra Modi’s trust

12:43 PM: Arun Jaitley is expected to travel to Japan tonight for a meeting as India’s Defence Minister and will meet his counterpart ahead of Shinzo Abe’s planned visit to India later this month.

12:34 PM: KC Tyagi of the JDU says that it was BJP’s internal reshuffle  and not a NDA reshuffle and that he would not want to comment on it.

12:25 PM: Anant Kumar Hegde, who was sworn-in as a Minister of State (MoS) says that he is confident that his party will come to power in Karnataka.

12:17 PM: Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena says that today’s Cabinet reshuffle and the one before this was only a BJP reshuffle and not a NDA reshuffle.

12:10 PM: PM Narendra Modi has left for China, he will attend the BRICS summit in China.

12:06 PM: Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress says, the image of the government has already been tarnished, these efforts will not rebuild the image of the party.

11:59 AM: Dharmendra Pradhan after being promoted to cabinet rank says that he is grateful to PM Modi and will work to make India a leading nation by 2022.

11:51 AM: Piyush Goyal to replace Suresh Prabhu as the Union Rail Minister.

11:43 AM: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says our duty is to match up to expectations of PM Modi. We pledge to carry our duties honestly

11:35 AM: Suresh Prabhu thanks all members of the rail family for their goodwill, love and support, adds he will a

11:30 AM: Lalu Prasad Yadav takes a dig at Nitish Kumar, says BJP did not even invite the Bihar CM for the Cabinet rejig.

11:20 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a tweet has congratulated the ministers who were sworn into the Cabinet.

11:04 AM: The ceremony has finished with the National Anthem. All the 13 new ministers have taken the oath.

11:02 AM: Alphons Kannanthanam is taking oath as the Cabinet minister. He is an interesting inclusion in the Cabinet. Alphons is a former IAS officer.

11:00 AM: Former IPS officer Satyapal Singh is being sworn in. He is known for his crackdown on terrorism.

10:58 AM: Gajendra Singh from Jodhpur, Rajasthan is taking the oath now. He is known for his simple lifestyle.

10:56 AM: Former IFS officer Hardeep Singh Puri is taking the oath. He had thanked the Prime Minister earlier in the day.

10:53 AM: Anant Kumar Hegde takes oath as the cabinet minister. Bihar MP RK Singh is taking oath.

10:50 AM: Ashwini Kumar Choubey from Bihar has taken the oath. Now, Dr Virendra Kumar is taking the oath. He is one of the Dalit faces in the cabinet.

10:48 AM: Shiv Pratap Shukla from BJP has taken the oath. He is one of the new faces in the Cabinet.

10:44 AM: Nirmala Sitharaman and Abbas Mukhtar Naqvi have also taken oath as Cabinet ministers.

10:40 AM: Dharmendra Pradhan became the first BJP leader to take the oath today. Now, Piyush Goyal is taking the oath.

10:36 AM: President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived for the ceremony.

10:34 AM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh is having a word with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

10:31 AM: Amit Shah and vice president Rajnath Singh have also reached for the event. Today’s rejig is of major significance keeping in mind the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

10:29 AM: Nitish Kumar led JD (U) is also giving the ceremony a miss.

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10:27 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived for the ceremony. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena says that it was not invited.

10:25 AM: Union Minister Uma Bharti is not present at the oath taking ceremony, reports ANI. She is at an event in Varanasi.

10:22 AM: Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu and Rajnath Singh have arrived for the ceremony. More ministers are coming in.

10:20 AM: BJP leader Hardeep Singh Puri says that he is grateful to the PM for making him a part of his team.

10:18 AM: Piyush Goyal likely to be the new Railways Minister, according to a report in Times Now.

10:15 AM: The big question at this moment is that who will be the new Defence Minister of India.

10:10 AM: Interestingly, Nitish Kumar led JD (U) which recently joined NDA is giving the ceremony a miss. While speaking to the reporters yesterday, Nitish Kumar said he has no idea about this reshuffle.

10:00 AM: This might be the last cabinet reshuffle before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and also be the first time President Kovind.

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