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. Nine new faces - Hardeep Singh Puri, RK Singh, Shiv Pratap Shukla, Alphons Kannanthanam, Satyapal Singh, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Anant Kumar Dattatreya Hegde and Virendra Kumar - took oath as Ministers of State in a small ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
On August 19, 23 people were killed and over 200 injured when 13 coaches of a train derailed near Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. While it remains to be seen, the corridors of power are rife with the rumours of Goyal being given the charge of the Railways ministry. Railways accepted that accident happened due to negligence of its own staff. Prabhu had offered to quit the same day but was asked to wait by the prime minister. "Wishing you all a great life", Prabhu tweeted.
"Welcoming my long time dear friend, colleague Piyush Goyal to Railway Ministry". He was BJP's Information Communication Campaign Committee and managed the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach.
Goyal, a Chartered Accountant by profession, has been articulate in defending the Narendra Modi government specially after the demonetisation decision.
"It is a very big responsibility", said Sitharaman.
"My dear friends, many request me to reply their grievances and be in touch".