Smriti Irani, Jyotiraditya Scindia have been given additional charge of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Steel

Image Source: PTI Union Minister Smriti Irani and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

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  • President accepts resignations of Mukhtar Naqvi as Minister of Minority Affairs and RCP Singh as Steel
  • Smriti Irani, Jyotiraditya Scindia have been given additional charge of minority affairs and steel
  • PM appreciates services of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and RCP Singh after resigning as cabinet ministers

Modi Cabinet News: Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Jyotiraditya Scindia have been given additional charge of Minority Affairs and Steel Ministry respectively after two Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Ram Chandra Prasad Singh resigned from the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Ram Chandra Prasad Singh both resigned as Union ministers earlier in the day.

Following their resignation, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, accepted the resignations of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Ram Chandra Prasad Singh from the Union Council of Ministers, as advised by PM Modi.

Further, as advised by Prime Minister Modi, the President directed that Smriti Zubin Irani, Cabinet Minister, in addition to his existing portfolio, be entrusted with the charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs and Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Cabinet Minister in charge. To be handed over Ministry of Steel, in addition to its existing portfolio.

Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and RCP Singh resigned from the Union Cabinet a day before the term of the Rajya Sabha ended.

Minority Affairs Minister Naqvi and Steel Minister Singh have submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sources said the prime minister appreciated the contributions of Naqvi and Singh as ministers during a meeting of the Union Cabinet – the last for both the ministers – earlier in the day.

Sources said that after the cabinet meeting, Naqvi, Deputy Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha, met BJP President JP Nadda at the party headquarters.

Singh, who is from Janata Dal-United, was made a minister during the cabinet reshuffle last year.

Both the BJP and the JD(U) did not field Naqvi and Singh during last month’s biennial Rajya Sabha elections.

There is speculation in the political circles that Naqvi may be made the BJP-led NDA’s candidate for the post of Vice President.

A party insider said, “Many names are being discussed and Naqvi’s name is one of them. There is also speculation that he may be appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.”

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