Suresh Prabhu to replace Gajapathi Raju, take charge as Aviation Minister

Suresh Prabhu to replace Gajapathi Raju, take charge as Aviation Minister

Mumbai: Commerce and industries minister Suresh Prabhu was on Saturday given the additional charge of the civil aviation ministry, a day after the president accepted the resignation of Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the president of India's handle on micro blogging site Twitter said.

According to sources in a counter to Centre's stand on "Special Category Status", the two Telugu Desham MPs Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sujana Chowdary have quit Narendra Modi's cabinet on Thursday evening.

Raju and fellow Telegu Desam Party (TDP) leader YS Chowdary quit the Modi cabinet after their party chief announced his decision to leave the National Democratic Alliance government over their demand that Andhra Pradesh be given a Special Category Status. As Civil Aviation Minister, Prabhu's most pressing concern will be the disinvestment of national carrier Air India. Meanwhile suddenly, after Arun Jaitley reiterating that special status can not be given to Andhra Pradesh, the two NDA alliance partners have confronted to the extent where the equation can not be repaired anytime soon.

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The Civil Aviation Ministry is also working in the direction of making 100 airports functional either by constructing new ones or by improving the existing ones.

There is a great opportunity for partnerships between India and France across various areas, Prabhu said at the Indo-French Economic Partnership signing ceremony. Suresh Prabhu has served as the Railways Minister in past. After previous year cabinet reshuffle, Prabhu was appointed as the Commerce and Industry Minister.

Suresh Prabhu started as the Railways Minister in the Narendra Modi government when it assumed office in 2014.