In another blow to former HRD minister, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has dropped Smriti Irani as a special invitee and instead her successor in the HRD ministry - Prakash Javadekar  - has been elevated as a member.

 

Najma Heptulla, the minority affairs minister who had resigned from the Union Cabinet earlier this week, is also no more a member of the panel.

 

In the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Irani was shifted from the HRD ministry to textiles. Javadekar was earlier a special invitee to the committee.

 

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the new law minister, replaces his predecessor DV Sadananda Gowda in the panel.

 

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who has been divested of his minister of state for parliamentary affairs portfolio, too has been dropped as a special invitee and replaced by SS  Ahluwalia who is now the junior minister in the ministry.

 

Newly-inducted minister of state in the law ministry PP Chaudhary has also been made a special invitee. The CCPA, headed by home minister Rajnath Singh, is mandated to recommend the dates of Parliament sessions. It has 11 members, including three special invitees.

 

Other members are Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, M Venkaiah Naidu, Ram Vilas Paswan and Ananth Kumar.

 

Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is another special invitee, a fresh list issued by the Cabinet Secretariat said.

 

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Soon after shunting Smriti Irani from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in another snub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only rejected Irani's selection of the chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) but also took away the entire process out of the ministry’s realm.