In the first major reshuffle of his over-two-year-old government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sprang a surprise when he replaced his human resource development minister Smriti Irani and brought in former environment minister Prakash Javadekar in her place.
Irani, who was once widely regarded as one of Modi’s favourites, had a controversial run as the HRD minister, with accusations of meddling with the autonomy of universities and other institutions.
Twitter was abuzz with the unexpected reshuffle of portfolios of some senior ministers, with around 10,000 tweets being posted about Irani in just over an hour.
The key portfolios of home, defence, finance and external affairs were unchanged but finance minister Arun Jaitley was relieved of the additional portfolio of information and broadcasting minister.
Here are a few tweets about the cabinet expansion and reshuffle:
Prakash Javdekar now was an easy job. No matter how bad he turns out to be for HRD, people will say 'Atleast he is better than Smriti Irani'— Joy (@Joydas) July 5, 2016
In Hindsight, Smriti Irani shouldn't have said 'Judge me by my Work'. Her boss just did— Joy (@Joydas) July 5, 2016
Smriti Irani— Imran Khan (@AAP_iz_Imran) July 5, 2016
क्योंकि स्मृति भी कभी HRD थी |
Smriti irani ji is fond of colourful sarees so modi gave her what she was best at, she will ensure no cameras in trial rooms too !!— Arvind Kejriwal (@TrollKejri2) July 5, 2016
Ah the textiles need to be straightened out, I reckon? #SmritiIraniExit Smriti Irani will iron out the weave chinks now.— Dorkydivaesque (@AnujaJaiman) July 5, 2016
Smriti Irani be like ~ Hum bewafa Hargiz na the ..par hum wafa ar na sake..!— Nautanki Saala™ (@Utk__arsh) July 5, 2016
May your shelves overflow with fabric and your bobbin always full. ~ Smriti Irani (2016) pic.twitter.com/h8LM7CCiv8— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) July 5, 2016
Yes. Not just professors, Ms Irani's departure would be welcomed by anyone with serious understanding of education! https://t.co/I2kpu8nocm— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) July 5, 2016
While others were not spared by the quirky tweeters:
Dont know about his 'HR' skills, but Javadekar definitely better than Irani for the govt's PR!— pavni mittal (@pavnimittal) July 5, 2016
Meanwhile Vijay Goel is now Sports minister. Kejriwal ke against khel khel ke khud Khiladi ban gaye hain.— $ir $ri $ri Magal (@jhunjhunwala) July 5, 2016
But then, @Babu_bhaiyaa wrapped it up with this one:
Who cares about these #CabinetReshuffle as long as Modi is PM.. Reshuffle mein PM naa badal dena bas..:P— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) July 5, 2016