Modi's Sudden Shock To Smriti Irani

Modi's Sudden Shock To Smriti Irani

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government yesterday announced a minor by significant cabinet reshuffle that has affected senior leaders like Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, and Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore. While Irani is now left only with the Textile portfolio, her deputy Rajyvardhan Singh Rathore is the new I&B Minister with Independent charge.

With Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recovering from a kidney surgery, and likely to be recuperating till October, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been given additional charge of the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries.

Monday's shuffle was prompted by Arun Jaitley's successful kidney transplant surgery, which means he will need an extended period of recuperation.

Alphons Kannanthanam has been relieved as minister of state for electronics and information technology. He continues as minister of state for tourism. Also he is seen to have brought positive changes in the sports ministry as minister with independent charge since a year ago.

Goyal is also in-charge of the railways and coal ministry. Her Ministry's move to punish journalists for fake news had led to a furore with the media fraternity terming it an attempt to curb its freedom.


Irani was criticized by many for her regulation on how ads promoting condoms must not be aired during prime time as they would have ill-effects on children.

Ms Irani was given the vital Information and Broadcasting portfolio as an additional charge last July, when Venkaiah Naidu resigned after emerging as the NDA's pick for the post of the Vice-President.

The recipients were unhappy over President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the awards to only 11 of the winners. Smriti Irani will be in charge of the Ministry of Textile again. She also had a run-in with Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash and stopped salaries of the employees of the official broadcaster.

On April 3, she had to rescind an order amending PIB accreditation guidelines to combat fake news, following PMO's intervention. 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.

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