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Irani removed from I&B, Goyal gets additional charge of Finance in cabinet reshuffle

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

tonight removed as the Information and and gave the portfolio to in a minor but significant reshuffle of his cabinet, in which was given the additional charge of the

Irani, whose nearly one-year tenure in the I and was mired in controversies, was replaced by her deputy Rathore who has been made the with Independent Charge, according to a communique.

The reshuffle comes a day before the 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 to the relatively low-profile She remains the

The communique said Goyal will "temporarily" handle the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministries till recovers from his kidney transplant.

Jaitley underwent a successful kidney transplant at the (AIIMS) here today.

It said S S Ahluwalia has been relieved from the charge of in and assigned a new portfolio of Electronics and Information Technology, the communique said.

has been relieved as in the He continues as

In July last year, Irani had assumed the charge of after M Venkaiah had resigned following his nomination as NDA's vice

She had courted various controversies including the latest one last month on a notification relating to fake

The I and had issued an order last month with provisions of punishing journalists found involved in generating fake

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It was later withdrawn on the directive of Modi.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 22:40 IST