Former TV actress Smriti Irani gets additional charge of Information & Broadcasting Ministry

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Former TV actress and Textiles minister Smriti Irani will hold additional charge of information and broadcasting ministry after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the Cabinet to contest the vice-presidential poll.

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Following the resignation of Union minister 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.

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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.

Irani, who once held the human resource development portfolio, is the fourth minister to take charge of the crucial I&B ministry in the Modi government, which was sworn-in on May 26, 2014.

Prakash Javadekar was named the I&B minister in May 2014. Five months later, finance minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of the ministry and Javadekar was given the environment portfolio.

In June 2016, Naidu was given the charge of I&B ministry. Jaitley continues to double up as the defence minister.

Naidu, who filed his election papers on Tuesday, quit the Modi cabinet hours after he was picked to take on Opposition’s Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the August 5 election.

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