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

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Raju belonged to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh which has Chandrababu Naidu as its chief-minister.

"As advised by the Prime Minister, President Kovind has directed that Shri Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned charge of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, in addition to his existing portfolio", the Rashtrapati Bhavan added.

The TDP minister made a decision to step down from his duties citing a discord between the #Modi government and the Andhra Pradesh government over the grant of special status to the southern State by the Central government. This included Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

The President has accepted the resignation of Chodwary and Raju.

Raju was the Minister of Civil Aviation and Chowdary was the MoS for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.

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The main focus of the government in aviation now is to complete the divestment process of Air India and its subsidiaries before the next general election due in 2019.

The TDP, this week, quit the Modi Cabinet after a days of speculation that the party, which is the NDA's third-largest constituent, would leave the Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.

In his current ministry, this boils down to the fight to pull in investments in the last leg of the government's tenure for the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Suresh Prabhu started as the Railways Minister in the Narendra Modi government when it assumed office in 2014. After a year ago cabinet reshuffle, Prabhu was appointed as the Commerce and Industry Minister.

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