Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been given charge of the Defence Ministry in addition to his Finance portfolio, to fill in for Manohar Parrikar who resigned as the Defence Minister in order to become the Chief Minister of the BJP government in Goa.
A press communiqué from Rashtrapati Bhawan read "As advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Shri Arun Jaitley, cabinet minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence, in addition to his existing portfolios."
Arun Jaitley was in charge of the Defence and Finance Ministries for the first three months after the NDA government took charge in 2014.
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has invited Parrikar to form the next government in the coastal state after he submitted a letter of support from 21 legislators on Sunday. Although the Congress was the single largest party in Goa with 17 seats in the 40-member legislative Assembly, the smaller parties have said they will not support the party to get it over the halfway mark of 21.