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Smriti Irani loses I&B ministry to Rajyavardhan, Piyush Goyal gets finance

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Smriti Irani loses I&B ministry to Rajyavardhan, Piyush Goyal gets finance
15 May, 2018
In a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Smriti Irani from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Minister of State, I&B, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will take over the additional portfolio. 

Similarly, Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal will be in charge of the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries until Arun Jaitley recovers from his illness. Jaitley had undergone kidney transplant surgery at AIIMS in Delhi on Monday.

"The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the following reallocation of portfolios amongst the members of the Union Council of Ministers," the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement.

Irani, who has been in the midst of a storm of controversies, will now look after only the textiles ministry. This is the second time that she has been removed from her ministry position. Earlier, she was replaced by Prakash Javadekar as the HRD Minister.In another major reshuffle, KJ Alphons, a Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, will now head the Tourism Ministry. SS Ahluwalia will head the Electronics Ministry.

This is the fifth reshuffle in the ministry since the BJP came to power in May 2014. The cabinet witnessed induction of new ministers in November 2014, July 2016 and September 2017, while in July 2017, there were lateral shifts in council of ministers.

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