The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced on Wednesday that railways minister Piyush Goyal will become the party's next deputy leader in Parliament's upper house, the Rajya Sabha. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the current law and information technology minister, will be replaced by Goyal. Rajnath Singh,
the defense minister will remain the BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha. Goyal, 54, is a Rajya Sabha member in his second term and the son of former Union minister Vedprakash Goyal. He was appointed as a junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's previous cabinet, with responsibility for coal and power. In September 2017,
He was elevated to cabinet status and handed the railway command. After Arun Jaitley went on leave for medical, Goyal took over for finance minister in Modi's previous cabinet. He was also the Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The BJP named social justice minister Thawarchanda Gehlot as the party's Rajya Sabha leader on Tuesday.
He has taken the position of Jaitley, who resigned from the Union Council of Ministers due to medical reasons. Gehlot, a four-term member of the Lok Sabha, is now in his second term in the Rajya Sabha. Sanjay Jaiswal has been named as the BJP's top spokesman in the Lok Sabha. For its first time, it selected three female members of Parliament as critics.
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