Ahead of officially taking charge as Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited the National War Memorial in Delhi and paid tributes to the martyred soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty post-Independence.

Singh was accompanied by the chiefs of the three forces – Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh.

Earlier on Friday, after being given the portfolio of Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had tweeted that would visit the National War Memorial and pay tributes.

He said he was looking forward to further strengthen the national security and defence.

After assuming charge as the Defence Minister, the MoD officials gave a detailed presentation of the functioning of the Ministry.

Singh further instructed the officers to prepare detailed presentations on all Divisions and set time bound targets to achieve the desired outcome.

Rajnath Singh, who served as Home Minister in the previous NDA government from 2014 to 2019, is the senior-most leader in the government. He was the first among the Union Ministers to take oath on Thursday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP won 303 of the 542 seats on which elections were held. The NDA ended with a tally of 353 seats.