Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Smriti Irani is the biggest loser, Piyush Goyal the star gainer

Prakash Javadekar gets HRD ministry, while the feisty Rajya Sabha MP is left with the tamer Textiles portfolio.

 |  3-minute read |   05-07-2016
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Smriti Irani turned out to be the biggest loser as Prime Minister Narendra Modi orchestrated a major cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.

Irani was shunted out of the coveted and high-profile HRD ministry, which has been only in the eye of the storm under her stewardship.

smriti-irani-m_070516104931.jpg Smriti Irani has been removed from HRD ministry and made in charge of Textiles.

Prakash Javdekar was announced as the HRD minister, while the environment ministry has been gifted to Anil Dave.

smriti-irani-m-praka_070516104952.jpg Prakash Javadekar is the new HRD minister.

Irani, meanwhile, has been assigned the far tamer Textiles ministry.

Piyush Goyal, undoubtedly emerged as the biggest gainer, with four important portfolios in his pocket: Coal, Power, Mining and Renewable Energy.

smriti-irani-m-piyus_070516105006.jpg Piyush Goyal is in charge of Coal, Mining, Power and Renewable Energy.

In other high-profile loss, Arun Jaitley has been relieved of Information and Broadcasting portfolio, which has been handed over to Venkaiah Naidu, who also has the additional charge of Urban Development ministry.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was the minister of Communication and Information Technology has been divested and has now been assigned Law ministry.

Ananth Kumar got the Parliamentary Affairs ministry, which was hitherto under Naidu.

Arun Jaitley has however he retained the Finance and Corporate Affairs ministry.  

Sadananda Gowda has been moved out of Law ministry and given the inconsequential Statistics and Programme Implementation ministry.

MJ Akbar has been declared the MoS, minister of external affairs.

Jayant Sinha who lost the post of MoS, Finance, has been assigned MoS, Civil Aviation. 

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The portfolios at a glance:

Rajnath Singh - Home Affairs

Sushma Swaraj - External Affairs

Arun Jaitley - Finance and Corporate Affairs

Venkaiah Naidu - Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation

Venkaiah Naidu - Information & Broadcasting Nitin Gadkari - Road Transport and Highways, Shipping

Manohar Parrikar - Defence

Suresh Prabhu -  Railways

Sadananda Gowda - Statistics & Programme Implementation

Uma Bharati - Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

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Najma Heptulla - Minority Affairs

Ramvilas Paswan - Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

Kalraj Mishra - Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi - Women & Child Development

Ananthkumar - Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals & Fertilisers

Ravi Shankar Prasad - Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology

JP Nadda - Health & Family Welfare

Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati - Civil Aviation

Anant Geete - Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises

Harsimrat Kaur Badal - Food Processing Industries

Narendra Singh Tomar - Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water & Sanitation

Chaudhary Birender Singh - Steel

Jual Oram - Tribal Affairs

Radha Mohan Singh - Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Thaawar Chand Gehlot - Social Justice and Empowerment

Smriti Zubin Irani -  Textiles

Harsh Vardhan - Science & Technology, Earth Sciences

Prakash Javadekar - Human Resource Development


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