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Arun Jaitley takes charge as defence minister

Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, March 14: Union finance minister Arun Jaitley takes charge of Defence Ministery as former Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar has stepped down to swear in as next Goa Chief Minister.

Parrikar is already invited by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and is scheduled to take oath at 5 pm today. Meanwhile, Congress had challenged the decision in the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of India headed by Justice Kehar, ordered floor test in Goa. The apex court has said the oath ceremony must progress, and dismissed Congress’ claim that the Governor was wrong to invite the BJP which had got fewer seats than Congress.

Jaitley tweeted, “In a hung assembly, if majority of the elected MLAs form a coalition, the Governor would be constitutionally right in inviting the leader of the majority coalition to form the government and prove their majority within a short period.”

On the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee directed Jaitley to be assigned the charge of the Defence Ministry in addition to his existing portfolios.

Jaitley was earlier handling Defence from May 26, 2014 – when the Modi government was sworn in – till November 9, 2014, when the portfolio was handed over to Parrikar.

Wefornews Bureau

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