Smriti Irani shunted out from I&B ministry

Irani Goyal and Rathore

Smriti Irani will be in charge of the Ministry of Textile again. Minister of state Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will take over from Smirti Irani as information and broadcasting minister, a release from Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will be handling finance portfolio till Arun Jaitley returns to the ministry.

Rajyavardhan Rathore to be I&B Minister with independent charge.

Earlier, in July 2016, Irani was removed as the HRD Minister and was replaced by Prakash Javadekar, who was the Environment Minister at that time. He underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday and is stable after the over four-hour-long surgery, hospital authorities said.

Today Arun Jaitley's kidney transplant has happened. The current Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has now been handed over the additional charge of Finance Ministry.

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Furthermore, SS Ahluwalia will look after the Electronics Ministry while Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology KJ Alphons will now handle only Tourism Ministry.

To note, Jaitley had been unwell since early April, with kidney-related problems and chest infection.

AIIMS sources maintained that the minister had been admitted to the hospital on Saturday and was taken to the operation theatre at 8am.

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