Defence was only additional charge, admits Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has fuelled speculation that he might be relieved of the defence portfolio, stating that this ministry had been given to him only as an 'additional charge'.

ANI| Updated: Nov 08, 2014, 12:46 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has fuelled speculation that he might be relieved of the defence portfolio, stating that this ministry had been given to him only as an 'additional charge'.

"When I took over the ministry, I said that it was only a temporary charge, an additional charge," Jaitley said while attending a book launch event.

"Prime Minister Modi may consult anyone, but will not be guided by what anyone says during the Cabinet reshuffle," he added.

According to reports, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is the frontrunner for the defence portfolio. Parrikar himself has stated that he will resign as the Chief Minister on Saturday.

Sunday's proposed Cabinet reshuffle will be the first under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 160-day-old government.