Congress leader Manish Tewari on Monday cited information on the PMO and finance ministry websites and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear the ‘ambiguity’ around the person in charge of the finance ministry — Arun Jaitley or Piyush Goyal.
Referring to the information available on PMO and ministry of finance websites, Tewari asked:
“Who is finance minister of India? PMO’s website says one thing, finance ministry website tells another story. The gentleman designated without portfolio on PMO website, is holding meetings via video conference. PM needs to tell country who is his finance minister.”
On May 14, Piyush Goyal was given additional charge of finance ministry following the medical treatment of Arun Jaitley. Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) later that month.
During the period of indisposition of Jaitley, the portfolios of minister of finance and minister of corporate affairs held by him, were temporarily assigned to Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios, a communique from the President’s office stated.