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Suresh Prabhu gets additional charge of civil aviation as TDP minister resigns

Suresh Prabhu was given additional charge of the civil aviation ministry, a day after the resignation of TDP’s Ashok Gajapathi Raju was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2018 15:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Civil aviation ministry,Suresh Prabhu,Ashok Gajapathi Raju
Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu has been given additional charge of the civil aviation ministry.(LiveMint/File Photo)

Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu was on Saturday given additional charge of the civil aviation ministry, a day after the resignation of TDP’s Ashok Gajapathi Raju was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.

In a brief communique, the spokesperson said, “The President, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in addition to his existing portfolio.”

Raju and another Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Y S Chowdary had resigned from the council of ministers after party supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu decided to pull out his ministers.

Naidu took the decision after facing relentless attacks from the opposition for “failing” to secure special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

TDP, however, continues to be a part of the NDA.

First Published: Mar 10, 2018 15:08 IST