Piyush Goyal to be deputy leader of Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Union minister for Railways Piyush Goyal has been appointed the deputy leader of Rajya Sabha. A trusted member of the Modi government, Piyush Goyal will be the deputy to Thawarchand Gehlot, who has been appointed the Leader of Rajya Sabha.

The two-time Rajya Sabha MP will be succeeding Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha.

Sources confirmed on Wednesday that Piyush Goyal, who is the Railways and Commerce and Industries minister in the Modi government will be the new deputy leader of Rajya Sabha.

Goyal is currently a Rajya Sabha member from of Maharashtra. He was formerly the National Treasurer of the BJP.

On Tuesday, Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot was appointed the Leader of the Rajya Sabha, a position occupied in the previous Narendra Modi-led government by senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who has had health issues and is currently recovering.

Gehlot, the social justice and empowerment minister, is an experienced parliamentarian and a Dalit face of the saffron party.