External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party’s working president JP Nadda.
In a tweet, the news agency ANI said, “External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar formally joined BJP today in presence of Working President J.P. Nadda, at Parliament House.”
Take a look at ANI’s tweet:
External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar formally joined BJP today in presence of Working President J.P. Nadda, at Parliament House. (file pics) pic.twitter.com/2RdPJ3Fspx— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2019
It is to be noted that S Jaishankar was appointed as the new External Affairs Minister on May 31 this year. He was also conferred with Padma Shri award. S Jaishankar succeeded Sushma Swaraj who was the External Affairs Minister in Narendra Modi's Government in his first stint. Sushma Swaraj did not contest the elections citing health reasons.
Born on January 9, 1955, Jaishankar is known for his skillful diplomacy, tough negotiating tactics and strategic vision, has served as the Indian ambassador to the US from 2013-2015. A 1977-batch IFS officer, Jaishankar played a key role in resolving the crisis following the incursion in Ladakh’s Depsang and the Doklam stand-off, handling the tough negotiations with Beijing.
Jaishankar, considered an expert on China and the US, was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal. The deal, which was initiated in 2005, took several years to craft and was signed by the UPA government headed by Manmohan Singh in 2007.
(With inputs from PTI)