Cabinet Reshuffle: Piyush Goyal gets Railways, Nirmala Sitharaman named Defence Minister


New Delhi: The mega Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday morning saw the promotion of Piyush Goyal as the new Railway minister. Power minister Goyal was handed over the Railways portfolio after Suresh Prabhu offered to step down from his post, in the wake of a spate of train derailments recently.

In yet another crucial portfolio of the Cabinet, Nirmala Sitharaman was named as the new Defence Minister, only the second woman to hold the post since former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Suresh Prabhu, who exits as Rail Minister, will be the new Commerce Minister, the department held by Ms Sitharaman. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minority Affairs Minister Muqtar Abbas Naqvi are expected to continue in their departments as Cabinet ministers.

Government sources said PM Modi based his selection of new members for his team on “4Ps – passion, proficiency, professional and political acumen”, to deliver on his vision of “a new India”.

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