Union Textile minister Smriti Irani has been entrusted with the additional charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, told the Prime Minister’s Office. The ministry was held by M Venkaiah Naidu, who resigned after nominated by the ruling combine for the post of Vice President on Monday.
Urban Development ministry portfolio, which was with also Naidu has been given to Narendra Singh Tomar, added the PMO.
The BJP Parliamentary board, had in a meeting on Monday picked Naidu for contesting the poll for vice president. He was holding two portfolios of Information and Broadcasting, and Housing and Urban Affairs.
“Although Naidu was not required to resign technically, he has tendered his resignation to set high political standards as he has entered the electoral fray (for vice presidential position)” a source said.