Congress party spokesperson Manish Tewari has been appointed as the new Information and Broadcasting Minister. He takes over from Ambika Soni, who resigned as the I&B Minister on October 27, a day ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle on October 28.
Tewari had joined the Congress party in 1991. He was made the national spokesperson in February 2008. He was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha, representing Ludhiana constituency in May 2009. Tewari was an active member of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the students’ wing of the Congress party, since his college days at the DAV College, Chandigarh, and was the NSUI National President from 1988 to 1993.
Following his election to the Lok Sabha, Tewari was made a Member, Committee on Estimates on August 6, 2009. On August 31, 2009, he became Member, Standing -Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice. In September 2009, he became Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Defence and Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Law and Justice. In November 2009, he was made Member, Committee on Regional Direct Taxes Advisory, Ministry of Finance.
It may be recalled that Tewari was in the news in 2011 for his anti-Anna Hazare remarks, when he had said, “Anna is corrupt from head to toe”. Days after this remark, Tewari had apologised to Hazare and had also faced his party’s censure.
As the new I&B Minister, Tewari has a big task ahead to oversee the digitisation process, the deadline for which expires on October 31, 2012.