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Nirmala Sitharaman Takes Charge As Defence Minister

New Delhi: Nirmala Sitharaman, who was appointed as the Defence Minister in Sunday’s Cabinet reshuffle, today assumed charge of office at the south block here.

She is the second woman Defence Minister of the country after the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who held the post.

The takeover of the charge from Minister Arun Jaitley was delayed by two days as the outgoing Defence Minister was in Japan for a ministerial dialogue.

Earlier, Sitharaman has served as Minister for Commerce and Industry and also as BJP’s spokesperson. She did her MA in JNU and followed that up with an MPhil and worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior manager before entering the political arena along with her husband who hailed from a political family and whose mother was an MLA.

“Very significant landmark in this reshuffle is that we now have Nirmala Sitharaman as the new Defence Minister. It is a case where a minister performs well and earns a higher responsibility for herself (Nirmala Sitharaman). I am sure, now that I have an extremely competent successor in Nirmala Sitharaman, she will carry the road forward,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.