Arun Jaitley hails Nirmala’s appointment as Defence Minister

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today hailed appointment of Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as the country’s first, full-fledged Defence Minister. He further went on to say that this will spread “a message globally”.

“It is great for the country, not just for the women. It also sends a message globally,” said Jaitley, who had held charge of Defence after Manohar Parrikar left the post to become Goa Chief Minister earlier this year.

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Noting that the Cabinet Committee on Security would now have two women ministers, with Sitharaman joining External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he said: “Both ladies in CCS have established their competence, both are recognised as ladies with substance, who have earned a front-line position for themselves.” Asked if women in combat maybe a reality with a woman as Defence Minister, Jaitley quipped: “That was one area in which I wasn’t able to do much.”

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