So Who’s No. 2 in Govt?
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.