In a major Cabinet shuffle of the Modi government just a year ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Information and broadcast minister Smriti Irani has been removed from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as Rajyavardhan Rathore will now take independent charge of the portfolio. Irani will now only handle the Textile Ministry. She was earlier removed as the HRD Minister and was replaced by Prakash Javadekar making this the second time that she has been shunted out of a ministry after being embroiled in controversy.
On the other hand, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal is given additional responsibility of Finance Ministry till Arun Jaitley recovers. Jaitley today underwent a kidney transplant at the All India Institue of Medical Sciences in Delhi. Jaitley is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.
To note, Jaitley had been unwell since early April, with kidney-related problems and chest infection. He was admitted to AIIMS last month and released later; he has been undergoing regular dialysis since.