Goyal gets additional charge of finance; Irani shifted from I&B ministry

Apart from this big reshuffle in the cabinet, Rajyavardhan Rathore has been given the charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

For the second time in her ministerial career, Irani has been divested of an important portfolio following a controversial stint at its helm.

Meanwhile, Piyush Goyal has got the additional charge of Finance portfolio with the incumbent Arun Jaitley undergoing a kidney transplant. Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant on Monday. Darjeeling MP and minister of state S.S. Ahluwalia has been shifted from the drinking water and sanitation ministry to the electronics and information technology ministry. Alphons Kannanthanam has been relieved of the post of MoS of MeitY to allow him to fully focus on the tourism ministry ahead of Kumbh-2019.

Her ouster from the I&B Ministry in just eight months seems to have been hastened due to her run-ins with the media as also with the Prasar Bharati.

Considering Piyush Goyal as interim Finance Minister is indeed a welcome move, considering his credential in the said sector, having a degree in a chartered accountant. The recipients were flustered over President Ram Nath Kovind giving away the awards to only a select few winners.

Rathore will now also be the Minister of Information and Broadcasting of the country. Things came to such a pass that her senior ministerial colleagues began to feel that they could no longer trust the Irani's assurances.

The most recent instance of Irani making news was during the National Film Awards row. Despite losing the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Amethi to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, she was inducted in the Modi government on May 26, 2014 as a human resource development minister.

Smriti Irani's tenure as Information and Broadcasting minister has been occupied with controversies because of which she has been replaced. However, Smriti retains her textiles portfolio. She was forced to withdraw the press release after the PMO stepped in.

Vanessa Coleman

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