Anurag Thakur Kiren Rijiju | Modi Cabinet Changes Anurag Thakur replaced Kiren Rijiju as Sports Minister before Tokyo Olympics | Anurag Thakur replaced Kiren Rijiju, former BCCI President Thakur

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New Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and new Law Minister Kiren Rijiju. -file photo

Just 16 days before the Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a big change. The Modi government replaced Kiren Rijiju with Anurag Thakur as the Sports Minister. 46-year-old Anurag has been the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Along with the Sports Ministry, he has also got the responsibility of Information and Broadcasting Minister.

At the same time, while promoting Rijiju, he has been given the Ministry of Law and Justice. He will replace Ravi Shankar Prasad. Both Rijiju and Thakur thanked Prime Minister Modi for this new responsibility.

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Mary Kom, Manpreet and Bajrang will be the flag bearers
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Kiren Rijiju holds law degree

  • Thakur, an MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, was the BCCI President between May 2016 and February 2017. Prior to this he was also the BCCI Secretary and the President of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).
  • Anurag was earlier working as the Minister of State Finance and Corporate Affairs under Nirmala Sitharaman. His brother Arun Dhumal is presently the treasurer of BCCI.
  • Born on November 19, 1971, in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, Kiren Rijiju holds a law degree from Delhi University.
  • Contested and won the Lok Sabha elections for the first time in 2004 from Arunachal West constituency. However, he was defeated in 2009. When he won again in 2014, he was made Minister of State for Home in Modi’s cabinet.

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