Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight removed Smriti Irani as the Information and Broadcasting Minister and gave the portfolio to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in a minor but significant reshuffle of his cabinet, in which Rail Minister Piyush Goyal was given the additional charge of the Finance Ministry.
Irani, whose nearly one-year tenure in the I and B Ministry was mired in controversies, was replaced by her deputy Rathore who has been made the Minister of State with Independent Charge, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique.
The reshuffle comes a day before the Karnataka assembly election results.
This is the second time that Irani has been removed from a key ministry as she was earlier shifted out of the HRD Ministry to the relatively low-profile Textile Ministry. She remains the Textile Minister.
Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here today.
It said S S Ahluwalia has been relieved from the charge of Minister of State in Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry and assigned a new portfolio of Electronics and Information Technology, the communique said.
She had courted various controversies including the latest one last month on a notification relating to fake news.
The order was widely criticised by a large section of the media which called it a brazen attempt to curb press freedom.
It was later withdrawn on the directive of Prime Minister Modi.
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