Senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was added to four more committees of the Union cabinet late on Thursday, a day after the Cabinet Secretariat released the list of committees reconstituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the exercise reflecting the special stature granted to Home Minister Amit Shah, who was made part of all the eight panels. The move about Rajnath Singh came amid speculation that he was unhappy over not being given his due in the formation of the panels.
Singh is the de facto number two in the cabinet who was not part of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs and the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. He was only part of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). Now Rajnath Singh has been made the member in six panels, one of which he is heading, according to a late evening release issued by the government. It was the second list of cabinet committees issued by the Cabinet Secretariat in the last two days.