Piyush Goyal too gained big in reshuffle

Randall Padilla
September 8, 2017

"My colleagues and I will continue to run on those tracks", Goyal said.

"It is a very emotional day for me".

"He has been mentoring me for over 20 years". There is no clarity yet on who will take up the job.

With swearing-in ceremony over, the Modi Cabinet has got nine new ministers and four others have been given Cabinet berth.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Piyush Goyal and Nitin Gadkari, who have won praise for their performance in the roads and power sectors, were on Sunday tasked with more responsibilities in reinforcing infrastructure.

The three new Ministers of State with independent charge are R.K. Singh (Power, New and Renewable Energy), Hardeep Puri (Housing and Urban Affairs) and K.J. Alphons (Tourism, Electronics and IT).

Prabhu had not attended office after August 23, when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign after the accidents last month.

Goyal's entry coincides with a series of train accidents in the past weeks that cost Suresh Prabhu his portfolio and goodwill he had earned over the years. "From time to time we have had the chance to work together", said Goyal, whose formal taking over was attended by Prabhu at Rail Bhavan. For Goyal, the railways high operating ratio, which reflects poor financial health, will also be a matter of concern.

Over the next few days, Goyal will go through presentations by Rail Board chairman and members to understand the working of the transporter.

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