Suresh Prabhu gets additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry

New Delhi, March 10: Minister Suresh Prabhu has been given additional charge of the civil aviation ministry, Rashtrapati Bhavan sources have said. 

The change comes after Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary resigned over the issue of special category state status for Andhra Pradesh. 

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Suresh Prabhu as the new Civil Aviation Minister, a statement said.

A communique from the Rashtrapati Bhawan said Commerce and Industry Minister Prabhu will take additional charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The announcement came two days after P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju stepped down as the Aviation Minister following the Telegu Desam Party's quitting the NDA government.

The resignation by the Union ministers followed a 20-minute talk between Telugu Desam Party boss and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the prime minister which apparently failed to remove irritants plaguing the TDP's ties with the government.

According to sources, Naidu has reportedly turned down Modi's request to "reconsider" the TDP's decision to withdraw from the NDA government at the Centre, saying "things have crossed that stage".

In a tit-for-tat action, the two BJP ministers in the Naidu government -- K Srinivasa Rao and T Manikyala Rao -- too quit.

News24Bureau with Agencies