Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday took additional charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take over the new role as Goa chief minister.
President Pranab Mukherjee had on Monday accepted the resignation of Parrikar from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect and assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence to Jaitley, in addition to his existing portfolios.
"The President has accepted Manohar Parrikar's resignation from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution," a President Office statement said.
It said that the President, as advised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has directed that Jaitley shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Defence in addition to his existing portfolios.
Earlier on Monday, Parrikar resigned from the position as MoD to head a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Goa.