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Irani 50 would be heading the minority affairs ministry in addition to her existing charge as the union minister for women and child welfare.

The resignations of Naqvi and Singh came a day before their Rajya Sabha terms were set to expire.

President Ram Nath Kovind has “accepted the resignations” of both the ministers, stated an official release issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Further, as advised by the prime minister, the President has directed that Smriti Irani be assigned the charge of the ministry of minority affairs, in addition to her existing portfolio,” it said. Naqvi, who was heading the minority affairs ministry since 2016, was also the sole Muslim face in the Narendra Modi-led central government

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