Nirmala Sitharaman took over as the Finance Minister of India in 2019 under the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre after former FM Arun Jaitley stepped aside on health grounds. She is India's first full-time female Finance Minister. She joined the BJP in 2006 and has come to be known as one of the highly influential figures in the political party. She was named one of Forbes “100 Most Powerful Women” in the world. She presents Union Budgets every year in February. In 2019, reduction in corporate tax rates under her leadership significantly helped the Indian economy. She has faced criticism in her ways of handling the agrarian crisis and is credited for presenting a number of relief measures during the Covid-19 pandemic. Get the latest Nirmala Sitharaman news, videos, opinions, special reports and more here.