So Who’s No. 2 in Govt?

The Economic Times - - Front Page -

The peck­ing or­der of the Modi govern­ment re­mained far from clear on Mon­day. On the face of it, Ra­j­nath Singh, said to be the new home min­is­ter, ap­pears to be No.2. At the swear­ing-in, Singh was seated be­side Modi. But the de­ci­sion to give Arun Jait­ley additional charge of de­fence, be­sides fi­nance, would make him, at least in per­cep­tion, the sec­ond-most pow­er­ful min­is­ter. Seat­ing ar­range­ments at the swear­ing-in pro­vided lit­tle clue. Sushma Swaraj sat next to Ra­j­nath, and Jait­ley next to her. The an­swer, we guess, will be­come known when the PM goes abroad, when one of them will have to pre­side.

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