Irani will now head the Ministry of Minority Affairs in addition to her current charge as the Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Smriti Irani was on Wednesday appointed as the Union Minister for Minority Affairs after Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi resigned. Irani will now head the Ministry of Minority Affairs in addition to her current charge as the Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare.
Janata Dal (United) leader Ram Chandra Prakash Singh, who served as the Union Steel Minister, also resigned. Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has been given charge of the Ministry of Steel, in addition to his current portfolio.
The resignations of both the ministers came a day before the term of the Rajya Sabha ended.
Recently, several BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan were elected to the Rajya Sabha. However, the party did not give a Rajya Sabha ticket to Naqvi.
To mention here, RCP Singh, who hails from JD(U), an ally in Bihar, was sworn in as a minister in the Modi government on July 7, 2021, a year ago. However, in the recent announcement of the state’s Rajya Sabha ticket, Nitish Kumar denied RCP Singh’s election to the Rajya Sabha.
A Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant in Tripura after the resignation of Manik Saha who was recently elected to the Tripura Assembly. Besides this, there is no Rajya Sabha seat that is going to be vacant in the next few months.