New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been re-appointed as Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha. It is notable that Jaitley has been re-elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.
As soon as the House met for the day, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said that he had received information from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on 2 April that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has re-appointed Mr Jaitley as Leader of the Hosue in the Rajya Sabha.
The 65-year-old Jaitley’s term had ended yesterday. Upon re-election from Uttar Pradesh, he has again been named as Leader of the House, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said in the Rajya Sabha today.
Incidentally, Jaitley did not take oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha today. 41 out of the 58 newly elected and re-elected members took oath today.
In June 2014, Jaitley was appointed the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha.
Arun Jaitley, born 28 December 1952, is the current Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Jaitley previously held the cabinet portfolios of Commerce and Industry and Law and Justice in the Vajpayee government (1998–2004) and served as the Minister of Defence in the Narendra Modi government as an additional charge.
From 2009 to 2014 he served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. He is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India.