India's Modi to relieve finance minister of defence portfolio: party official

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 06, 2014 9:01 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will replace his defence minister, a senior party official told Reuters on Thursday, in a move that would allow the minister, Arun Jaitley, to focus on his main job of steering the economy out of troubled waters.

Since Modi took office in May, Jaitley has headed both ministries.

He will be replaced by Manohar Parrikar, the chief minister of Goa, said Sadanand Tanavada, a general secretary of the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

(Reporting by Aditya Kalra; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Rajesh Kumar Singh)