Ram Nath Kovind, the president of India, accepted the resignations of Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, the minister of steel, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the minister of minority affairs, on Wednesday.
One day before the end of their terms in the Rajya Sabha, Naqvi and Singh both announced their resignations.
Smriti Zubin Irani, the Union Cabinet of India’s Minister of Women and Child Development, has been given responsibility for the Ministry of Minority Affairs, according to a letter released by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Union’s minister for civil aviation, has also been given responsibility for the Ministry of Steel.
“…as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Smriti Zubin Irani, Cabinet Minister, be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, in addition to her existing portfolio,” reads a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Prior to today, one day before their terms in the Rajya Sabha expire, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the minister of minorities, and RCP Singh, the minister of steel, resigned, according to official sources on Wednesday.
Two sitting ministers are absent from both Houses of Parliament for the first time at this period.
Senior BJP official Naqvi also serves as the Rajya Sabha’s deputy leader. There won’t be a Muslim face in the Union Council of Ministers or among the 395 lawmakers who make up the BJP once Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi resigns on Wednesday and his Rajya Sabha term expires the following day.
RCP Singh is a JD(U) quota minister in the Modi Cabinet.
Recently, numerous BJP politicians from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra won seats in the Rajya Sabha. Naqvi was not given a Rajya Sabha ticket by the party, nevertheless. Nitish Kumar, meanwhile, rejected RCP Singh’s candidacy for the Rajya Sabha.
Sources said that earlier in the day, at the cabinet meeting, Modi praised Singh and Naqvi for their contributions to the nation throughout the course of their tenures, thus implying that it was their last cabinet meeting.