Minister Piyush Goyal Appointed As The Leader Of The House In Rajya Sabha

Goyal who holds key portfolios in the Central Government has been chosen for the key role just days before the start of the monsoon session of the parliament.

Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles has been appointed as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha. Goyal replaced Thawar Chand Gehlot, who took oath recently as the 19th Governor of Karnataka.

Goyal, 57, who holds key portfolios in the Central Government, has been chosen for the key role just days before the start of the monsoon session of the parliament. The BJP leader has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2010.

“I would like to express my gratitude to PM Modi for giving me this responsibility,” said the minister.

Congratulatory messages poured soon after the announcement. “Heartiest congratulations to Piyush Goyal ji on being appointed as the Leader of House in Rajya Sabha,” tweeted senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari in Hindi.

The Leader of the house in Rajya Sabha a prestigious position where crucial interventions are required amid arguments between the treasury benches and the opposition.

In Rajya Sabha, Goyal and Bhupendra Yadav have been considered as the government’s key trouble-shooters. Goyal is also believed to have assembled support on crucial bills.

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The monsoon session of parliament will be held between July 19 and August 13. To maintain social distancing, minimum presence of officials, staff, and media will be ensured during the sessions held by both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha simultaneously. The timing will be 11 am to 6 pm – with both zero hour and question hour included, officials said.

Piyush Goyal took charge as the Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles on 8 July. Ved Prakash Goyal, his father, was Union Minister of Shipping in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.


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