Smriti Irani gets charge of I&B Ministry as Naidu resigns

Union minister Smriti Irani and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan cast their vote during Presidential election in New Delhi on Monday

Textile Minister Smriti Irani today got an additional charge of the Ministry of Information and Broadcast in minor rejig in the cabinet berths following Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu's resignation.

Both Irani and Tomar had lost their portfolios in their earlier cabinet reshuffle in 2016 with Prakash Javedekar replacing Irani as the HRD minister and Piyush Goyal replacing Tomar with additional charge of mines ministry.

Naidu will file his nomination paper on Tuesday.

Smriti Irani already heads the Textile Ministry, while Narendra Singh Tomar is in charge of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.

Irani will be the fourth I&B minister appointed in the three years of Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

While Manohar Parrikar's move to Goa as Chief Minister in March left the defence ministry without a full- time Cabinet minister, the death of Anil Dave in May caused a vacancy in the environment ministry.

Taking to the Twitter handle, PM Modi said, "M. Venkaiah Naidu has resigned from his ministerial responsibilities". The reshuffle is expected after the monsoon session of Parliament that ends August 11.

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