Union Minister Smrithi Irani removed as Minister of Information and Broadcasting

Big cabinet rejig Piyush Goyal in-charge of finance ministry till Arun Jaitley recovers Smriti Irani removed from I&B

In a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday, union railway minister Piyush Goyal was given additional charge of the finance ministry and the corporate affairs ministry till Arun Jaitley recovers from a kidney transplant surgery, a release from a Rashtrapati Bhavan said. In his short span as sports minister, Rathore's work has been widely appreciated within and outside the government. The I&B ministry will not be fully handled by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who worked as her Irani's deputy in the ministry until now. Irani, whose tenure was mired in controversy, is now left with the Textile Ministry only. Since 2014, when the BJP took charge, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu have also led the I&B Ministry. He continues as Minister of State for Tourism. And in Goyal, Modi has deployed one of his most trusted ministers to do the job.

This is the second setback for Smriti Irani during her Cabinet stint as in July 2016, she was relieved of her post as as the Human Resources Minister by PM Modi with the ministry then going to Prakash Javadekar, the then environment minister.

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SS Ahluwalia is being relieved as the MoS of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and has been given the portfolio of MoS in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. Meanwhile, S S Ahluwalia will look after Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. He replaces Alphons Kannanthanam. There was a slew of changes made by the Modi government on the eve of Karnataka Assembly Elections Results 2018.

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