New Delhi, September 3: In a surprising move, Nirmala Sitharaman has been appointed as the new Defence Minister, while Suresh Prabhu will replace her as the Commerce Minister.
Uma Bharti, who held the water resources and Namame Gange ministry since 2014, will now be the new drinking water and sanitation minister. Bharti did not attend the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday as she was in Lalitpur, Varanasi.
Meanwhile, Dharmendra Pradhan, who had the independent charge of the oil and petroleum ministry, will now be the new skill development minister, replacing Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
RK Singh, the former home secretary, will now hold the independent charge of the power ministry, which was earlier handled by Piyush Goyal, who has got a promotion as the new railway minister.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal were elevated to Cabinet rank and nine fresh faces inducted as ministers of state in a major rejig of his team by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
The new ministers of the PM Modi cabinet have taken oath at the President House. The swearing-in was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind. The 9 new faces include Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Shiv Paratap Shukla, Virendra Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh, and Alphons Kannanthanam.