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Modi govt reshuffles Union Cabinet

Modi govt reshuffles Union Cabinet

The reshuffle comes a day before the Karnataka assembly election results. Irani will now head the Textile Ministry.

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.

While the weight of Piyush Goyal has increased considerably, that of Smriti Irani has witnessed a dip for the second time.

As part of a cabinet reshuffle, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, now minister of state for information and broadcasting (I&B), was also given independent charge of the politically crucial I&B ministry, replacing Smriti Irani, who will retain her textiles portfolio. The ministry has seen many changes since the government was formed in 2014.

Interestingly, Rathore will be the Modi government's fifth I&B minister in four years. She has been quite erratic with her remarks and has courted unwanted controversy.

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Monday's divestment is a big blow to Irani, who had earlier been shifted out of the human resource development ministry after a contentious tenure but later made a comeback by gaining the I&B ministry.

Rathore will now also be the Minister of Information and Broadcasting of the country.

Sources say that along with party president Amit Shah, Goyal is the main entry point for the huge funding the BJP manages to get from corporate backers - funding, which according to official accounts, outstrips every other party in assets.

Lastly, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Culture, and Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam will be relieved of the charge of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Goyal's performance earlier as the power minister led to his "promotion", getting him the coveted and important railways portfolio.

The ministry also came in for criticism in April when it issued an order to constitute a committee that would frame rules to regulate news portals and media websites. This proves that he has become PM Modis trusted lieutenant. In his new role as finance minister, Goyal will join the, an important club which consists of the Prime Minister and the ministers of home, external affairs and defence.


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