Smriti Irani gets I&B ministry, NS Tomar given urban development ministry

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NEW DELHI: Following the resignation of Union minister Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi on Tuesday made Smriti Irani information and broadcasting minister and Narendra Singh Tomar housing and urban development minister.

Venkaiah Naidu held both these ministries before he resigned following the NDA naming him its vice presidential nominee.

Irani, who’s already Union textiles minister, will get additional charge of information and broadcasting. Tomar, who’s already rural development minister also gets urban development as an additional charge.

After Naidu’s candidature was announced on Monday, analysts expected a reshuffle after the end of the monsoon session of Parliament next month. The ministries of defence and environment are already being handled by finance minister Arun Jaitley and science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan as their additional responsibilities.

The PM has talked of depleted bench strength last month when he said he could not spare any of his senior ministers for President and selected Ram Nath Kovind for the top constitutional office.

Source: Times Of India

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