Following I&B and Urban Development minister Venkaiah Naidu's resignation (following his vice presidential candidacy), Smriti Irani has been given additional charges of Information & Broadcasting ministry.
It's a move that has left many surprised. Irani, who Rajya Sabha term ends on August 18, is currently the Union textiles minister, a position she was given in July 2016 after being removed from the more coveted Human Resources Development Ministry.
Here's how social media reacted to this new appointment.
Her supporters were of course ecstatic!
Smriti Irani given charge of I&B ministry... Good...— MediaCrooks (@mediacrooks) July 18, 2017
Congratulations @smritiirani finally someone who understands modern I&B and am sure you will turn it around.— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) July 18, 2017
She was any day far superior to Javdekar and m very sure she would bring the much required strength and flamboyance to the I &B .— Shekhar Mohanty (@ShekharMohanty4) July 18, 2017
For me, Smriti Irani was a bad choice for HRD ministry, but a great choice for I&B. Winter has arrived for media— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) July 18, 2017
Mark this tweet ! All anti nationals & award wrapsi team n Mr.420 will get activated to target her !minister is in comeback avatar ! Beware— Manjunath B N (@manjunatraj) July 18, 2017
Smriti Irani is the new Minister of Information and Broadcasting .The most deserving person for this post .— Ashutosh 🇮🇳🏏 (@THANDiiBeer) July 18, 2017
Right wing supporters before and after Smriti Irani became I&B minister pic.twitter.com/9RkTZluDCU— TheFrustratedIndian (@FrustIndian) July 18, 2017
However others criticised the move:
Congratulations @smritiirani for getting additional charge of I&B ministry, hope you would handle it as efficiently as the HRD ministry.— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) July 18, 2017
Shortage of talent in Bjp? Textile industry needs help, treated as sidey unimportant ministry? One of the largest employers of labor!— Prashnik K (@PrashnikQ) July 18, 2017
Appropriate choice from diminished bench strength https://t.co/00hn2vTEAH— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) July 18, 2017
Smriti Irani in I&B Ministry? If it was only some other country, it would have been so fun to watch!— Jay Ambadi (@jay_ambadi) July 18, 2017