NEW DELHI: In a development which comes just a day before the Karnataka election results, the Modi government today made Rajyavardhan Rathore the new Information and broadcasting minister replacing Smriti Irani, and gave Piyush Goyaladditional charge of the finance ministry.
Irani, whose tenure as the I&B Minister was mired in controversy, was today divested of the portfolio as her deputy, Rajyavardhan Rathore, was given the charge of the key portfolio.
Irani, however, will continue to hold the textiles portfolio. This is the second time that Irani has been moved from a key ministry as she was earlier shifted from the HRD Ministry to the relatively low-profile Textile Ministry.
Railways minister Goyal will handle the finance portfolio till Arun Jaitley recovers. Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today and is stable after the over four-hour-long surgery, hospital authorities said.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said that during the indisposition of Arun Jaitley, the portfolio of Finance and Ministry of Corporate Affairs, have been "temporarily" assigned to Goyal.
S S Ahluwalia, who was until recently the Minister of State for Drinking Water & Sanitation, has been assigned the portfolio of Ministry of State in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, an official release from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
"Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State be relieved of the charge in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology," the release added.