Piyush Goyal to handle finance ministry till Arun Jaitley returns

Railway minister Piyush Goyal was temporarily given additional charge of the Union finance ministry in a Cabinet reshuffle

In a mini-Cabinet rejig of sorts, Rajyavardhan Rathore has been made the Information and Broadcasting minister by the Modi government.

Irani had recently faced flak from the prime minister when she formed a committee to regulate accredited media to weed out what she called, fake news reporters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has effected a small but significant cabinet reshuffle on the eve of the Karnataka election results.

Goyal will also take over the corporate affairs portfolio held by Arun Jaitley, who underwent a kidney transplant surgery on Monday.

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The communique from the office of President Ram Nath Kovind said Rajyavardhan Rathore, who was the junior minister in the Information and Broadcasting ministry, will handle it fully now with independent charge. Irani however, is still in charge of Textiles Ministry. Irani retains her charge of the textile ministry. Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State, has been relieved of the charge of MoS of Electronics and Information Technology.

SS Ahluwalia is being relieved as the MoS of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and has been given the portfolio of MoS in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.

This is the second time she has been removed from her ministry. Goyal's performance earlier as the power minister led to his "promotion", getting him the coveted and important railways portfolio. Jaitley underwent a kidney transplant surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi on Monday, reported PTI.

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