Arun Jaitley will be the Defence Minister of India. He will hold additional charge of defence along with the Finance portfolio. The decision to appoint Jaitley as the Defence Minister was taken after Manohar Parrikar resigned to the post.
Parrikar resigned from the post to take over the Chief Minister of Goa. The post will be held by Jaitley till Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds a new candidate. There is however no candidate finalised as yet and Modi is likely to take a call in the next 15 days.
There were many names doing the rounds since Parrikar resigned as the Defence Minister. In some circles the name of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauvan too was doing the rounds. However top sources in Delhi say that there is a very remote chance of Chauvan being appointed as the Defence Minister.