After yet another short tenure as the I&B minister, soap actor-turned-politician Smriti Irani was moved out of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and left with just the textile ministry portfolio, in a surprise cabinet reshuffle on 14 May. Irani was assigned the portfolio of the much-coveted Ministry of Human Resources Development after the 2014 general elections - a move that was widely criticised. However, following controversies, the HRD Ministry was wrested out of her control in 2016, and she was moved to helm the Textile Ministry instead.
In 2017, Irani was again awarded the high-profile I&B Ministry. Her appointment as the I&B Minister was the fourth such portfolio offered to her in the then three-year-old Modi government.Irani's term as an I&B Minister also saw a fair share of controversies.