New Delhi: Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday got additional portfolios on Tuesday, following the demise of Ananth Kumar on Monday. While Tomar has been given the additional charge of the ministry of parliamentary affairs, Gowda got the ministry of chemicals and fertilisers, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique Tuesday.
President Ram Nath Kovind, as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has directed that Gowda be assigned the charge of the ministry of chemicals and fertilisers, in addition to his existing portfolio, the statement said.
Notably, both the ministries of parliamentary affairs and chemicals and fertilisers were under the late Union Minister Kumar, who passed away on Monday. Following his demise, the Karnataka government had declared a three-day state mourning.
Earlier in the day, his mortal remains were consigned to flames with full state honours. The funeral pyre was lit by Kumar’s younger brother Nanda Kumar, who performed the last rites according to Smartha Brahmin traditions, amidst chanting of Vedic hymns by a battery of priests at the Chamarajapete cremation ground.
BJP leaders including Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, LK Advani, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid their respects to the Union minister. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and BJP chief Amit Shah were among those present.