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

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

While speaking on Piyush Goyal as his successor, Prabhu said the former is like younger brother to him and Goyal will bring a new thinking and would be successful.

New Delhi, Sep 3 With a focus on delivery as he prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today handed key portfolios to ministers with "proven" track record and sprang a surprise by elevating Nirmala Sitharaman as the first full-time woman Defence Minister.

MoS (independent charge) for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was elevated to Cabinet rank.

However, the BJP leader was given the additional charge of Skill Development Ministry which was earlier held by Rajiv Pratap Ruddy who has been dropped from the Cabinet.

R K Singh, former Home Secretary, was given charge of Power and New and Renewable Energy portfolios. Whereas, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been appointed as Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the portfolio which was held by Goel.

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Brathwaite's 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match. His wicket gave the home side an end to bowl at but Hope and Roston Chase accumulated steadily after the interval.

There were no changes in the portfolios of the big three - Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh.

Reacting to her appointment, Former Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters, "Very excellent, well thought-out decision".

Last month, after series of train accidents, Prabhu had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to resign, but was asked to wait.

PM Modi stripped Cabinet minister Uma Bharti of the charges of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation and handed them over to Nitin Gadkari.

Sources also informed that recently promoted cabinet minister Dharmendra Pradhan may get Skill Development, Coal and Mines, which would also be vacated by Piyush Goyal as received from sources.

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