In Tweet Indicating His Exit, Suresh Prabhu Wishes 'Rail Family'

Sep 03 01:45 PM

"But I have seen Prabhu working like that 15 years ago".

Goyal took charge of the railways at a time when the national carrier is facing severe criticism over its safety record following two back to back derailments in a span of four days last month, which forced Prabhu to make an offer to quit taking moral responsibility for the accidents.

Piyush Goyal has replaced Suresh Prabhu as the Minister of Railways after the Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. Speculations are strong that Piyush Goyal may get railways. "Then P for Prabhu, my elder brother, taught me how to combine the three sectors - power, renewable energy and coal and move towards development at a fast pace", he said.

His work in rural electrification earned him some name as the government reported the ministry to have electrified 13,134 remote villages out of 18,452 by April 2017. "We all have to just follow his track", said Goyal.

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Speaking to journalists, Goyal said, "The focus of the Rail Ministry will continue to be safety and convenience of passengers".

He played a major role during the 2014 general elections in India which elevated the BJP to power.

Prabhu was shifted to the commerce and industry ministry, while Pradhan and Naqvi retained their portfolios of Oil and Gas and Minority Affairs respectively.

Nitin Gadkari, who was holding Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, will also head the Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry.

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