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Cabinet Reshuffle: Smirti Irani loses I&B ministry, Piyush Goyal gets finance

Days before the government celebrates its fourth year anniversery, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffled some of the high-profile portfolio of cabinet ministers on the Monday evening at Rashtrapati Bahvan. Followed by the back to back controversies, Smirti Irani gets shifted to ministry of textile from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry while Piyush Goyal gets the charge of Finance and corporate affairs till Arun Jaitley recovers from the Kidney transplant surgery.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said, “During the period of indisposition of Arun Jaitley, minister, the portfolios of minister of finance and minister of corporate affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolio”.

Ms Smriti Irani was continuously being wrapped in the strings of controversies staring from the fight with the Prasar Bharti Board to the notifications on fake news. Sworn in as the HRD Minister on May 26, 2014, Irani was shifted to textile ministry as a result of several controversies and later on in July 2017, she was given the I&B ministry.

One of the leading newspaper said about the Smirti that, “The government was fed up with constant controversies generated with her. The government felt embarrassed at every controversy she created”.

The Information and Broadcasting ministry is given to Olympic Medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who is also holding the ministry of sports currently.

SS Ahluwalia, the minister of drinking water and sanitation has been moved to the ministry of state for electronics and information technology (MeitY) while Alphons Kannnanthanam is being relieved from the Ministry of state of MeitY and allowed him to handle the tourism ministry to look up for the Kumbh Mela which will held in 2019.

The recent reshuffling may be a step ahead for the Lok Sabha Election 2019 and the ruling Government don’t want to leave any loop holes in order to be higher on the ground reality.

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