Union Minister and senior BJP chief Piyush Goyal on Tuesday was appointed as the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha, filling the emptiness left by Thaawarchand Gehlot who’s now the Governor of Karnataka.
Announcing the appointment, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi tweeted: “Congratulations to @PiyushGoyal ji on being appointed the Leader of House in Rajya Sabha. He has been entrusted by PM @NarendraModi ji with key responsibility. Wishing him continued vigour in the service to the nation.”
Congratulations to @PiyushGoyal ji on being appointed the Leader of House in Rajya Sabha. He has been entrusted by PM @NarendraModi ji with key accountability. Wishing him continued vigour in the service to the nation. pic.twitter.com/I1thSiPIKN
— Pralhad Joshi (@JoshiPralhad) July 14, 2021
Goyal, who’s a Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra, can also be in cost of a number of key ministries, together with commerce and business, client affairs, meals and public distribution, and textiles. He has been Deputy Leader of the Rajya Sabha when Gehlot was the Leader of the House.
According to the Rajya Sabha Practice and Procedure, “the Leader of the House is an important parliamentary functionary who exercises direct influence on the course of parliamentary business”. The submit assumes significance as the BJP doesn’t get pleasure from a transparent majority in the Rajya Sabha and the Leader of the House must result in an efficient coordination among the many flooring leaders throughout the discussions and passage of essential payments.
With his elevation, Goyal is predicted to play a key function in making certain the sleek functioning of the House, higher coordination with all events, particularly these in the Opposition. He could have his process reduce out for the Monsoon Session of the Parliament starting on July 19, with the Opposition anticipated to assault the federal government over the problems of worth rise and alleged mishandling of the Covid disaster.
Goyal’s rise in the BJP since 2014 exhibits the growing belief the occasion’s high management has in him.
A former treasurer in the BJP throughout the tenure of each Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah, Goyal was inducted as minister of state with impartial cost in 2014 after Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister. Later, he was not solely elevated to the Cabinet rank however was additionally requested to fill in each time there was a short lived emptiness in essential ministries, together with the finance ministry.
Last yr, when the BJP authorities confronted flak over farmers’ protests, Goyal was one of the leaders appointed by the federal government to have interaction in talks with the agitating farmers. Although Goyal’s appointment was initially criticised by the protesters, he step by step earned their confidence, sources in the BJP mentioned.
In the final two years, when the BJP didn’t have a transparent majority in the Upper House, Goyal has performed an lively half in the occasion’s efforts to barter with these in the Opposition not aligned with Congress and fence-sitters like BJD, AIADMK and YSRCP when controversial legislations have been pushed by way of, just like the passing of the Triple Talaq Bill, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the scrapping of Article 370.