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Modi 2.0 cabinet: Rajnath Singh gets defence, faces hurdles in policymaking

As defence minister, Singh will remain an ex-officio member of the powerful Cabinet Committee on Security, which he also attended as the home minister

Rajnath Singh has served as the BJP president, Uttar Pradesh chief minister, agriculture minister in the Vajpayee government, and home minister under Modi from 2014-19
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Rajnath Singh has served as the BJP president, Uttar Pradesh chief minister, agriculture minister in the Vajpayee government, and home minister under Modi from 2014-19

Ajai Shukla New Delhi
On Friday, the new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government announced Rajnath Singh’s appointment as India’s 29th defence minister. His junior minister will be Shripad Naik, who was elected from North Goa.

This will be the fifth defence ministerial change in five years. United Progressive Alliance (UPA) defence minister A K Antony was followed by Arun Jaitley (May 2014), Manohar Parrikar (November 2014), Jaitley again (March 2017), Nirmala Sitharaman (September 2017) and now Singh. 

The 68-year-old Singh, who served as minister for home affairs during the previous NDA government, will continue to operate from New Delhi’s Raisina Hill, shifting office barely

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 10:11 PM IST

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