News and views exclusive : Smriti Irani removed from I&B ministry

New Delhi : Smriti Irani has been removed from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as Rajyavardhan Rathore will now take independent charge of the portfolio. Also, the Finance Ministry, which was being handled by Arun Jaitley since 2014, will now be headed by Piyush Goyal for the time being. Goyal will be in-charge of the Finance Ministry till the time Jaitley gets better. The senior BJP leader, suffering from a kidney ailment, has been undergoing dialysis for the last one month.

In the third change to the Modi Cabinet on Monday, KJ Alphons, who was a Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology was given charge of the Tourism Ministry. SS Ahluwalia will now look after the Electronics Ministry after being relieved of the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation.

This is a major Cabinet reshuffle of the Modi government just a year ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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