Smriti Irani, Jyotiraditya Scindia given additional portfolios after Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, RCP Singh resign

Earlier in the day, during a cabinet meeting, PM Modi lauded both Naqvi and Singh for their contributions to the country during their ministerial tenure

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, July 06, 2022, 09:37 PM IST
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Smriti Irani, Jyotiraditya Scindia given additional portfolios after Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, RCP Singh resign |

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday accepted the resignations of Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and RCP Singh. Meanwhile, Smriti Irani will be assigned the Ministry of Minority Affairs, in addition to her existing portfolio whereas Jyotiraditya Scindia will take charge of Ministry of Steel, in addition to his existing portfolio, reported news agency ANI.

Earlier in the day, during a cabinet meeting, PM Modi lauded both Naqvi and Singh for their contributions to the country during their ministerial tenure.

With their term as Rajya Sabha MPs set to end on Thursday, both ministers submitted their resignations to fulfil the constitutional obligation as they will cease to be parliamentarians from Friday.

After Naqvi, there will be no Muslim minister at the Centre and the BJP will have no Muslim MP among its nearly 400 Members of Parliament.

After Naqvi was not nominated in the recent Rajya Sabha polls, there has been speculation that he is being considered for the post of vice president, the election for which is scheduled to be held on August 6, or some other key position.

Former bureaucrat and once a confidant of Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar, Singh had fallen out of favour with the latter and was denied a Rajya Sabha ticket. With his resignation, there are only two ministers at the Centre from BJP allies -- Ramdas Athawale from the RPI(A) and Anupriya Patel from the Apna Dal.

(With PTI inputs)

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