Cabinet reshuffle, Rathore replaces Smriti Irani at I&B, Piyush Goyal gets interim charge of finance

Railways minister Piyush Goyal was temporarily given additional charge of the Union finance ministry in a Cabinet reshuffle announced late on Monday, the eve of the Karnataka election results. Minister of state Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will take over from Smriti Irani as information and broadcasting minister, a release from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Goyal will also take over the corporate affairs portfolio held by Arun Jaitley , who underwent a kidney transplant surgery on Monday. The release said Goyal will hold the portfolios while Jaitley is indisposed.

Irani will continue to hold the textiles portfolio. Minister of state for drinking water and sanitation SS Ahluwalia has been moved to the electronics and information technology ministry at the same rank. Alphons Kannanthanam was relieved of the portfolio.

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