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Suresh Prabhu resigns; Piyush Goyal takes over as new Railways Minister

Suresh Prabhu stepped down as the Railways Minister today.

He had offered to give up the post last month after two major train accidents within days.

Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for power, coal, renewable energy and mines was sworn in as the new Railways Minister today in the latest reshuffle of Modi Cabinet.

Suresh Prabhu thanked the Railways family for their support. “Thanks to all 13 Lacs+ rail family for their support, love, goodwill. I will always cherish these memories with me. Wishing u all a great life,” he said.

He also congratulated Goyal and other Union ministers who were promoted to the Cabinet members today.

Prabhu had offered to quit on August 23 after back-to-back train derailments.

At least 20 people were killed when the Kalinga Utkal Express, travelling from Puri to Haridwar, had derailed at Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on August 19.

“I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish… I met the Hon’ble Prime Minister @narendramodi taking full moral responsibility,” he tweeted on August 23.

Railway board chairman A K Mittal stepped down following a nudge from the government.

He has been replaced with Ashwani Lohani, chairman and managing director of Air India, who is originally from the Indian Railway Mechanical Engineering department.

 

 

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