Suresh Prabhu has been mentoring me, directing me and taking care of me for the past 20 years.
He also said that he has got time to work under Prabhu.
The 53-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party man is likely to be elevated as the Railway Minister, a prestigious portfolio in Narendra Modi's cabinet. "He (Prabhu) has worked with my father in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government", he said.
Goyal, who was earlier the minister of state for power, will have his task cut out as the railways battles a creaking infrastructure and revenue shortage on back of low fares and stiff competition from budget airlines.
The new Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal took over on Monday from Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, who is now the Minister of Commerce and Industry.
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"I had just come from Mumbai and I didn't know the P of Power".
"For this, the country will be indebted to him, the ministry is indebted to him".
Speaking to journalists, Goyal said, "The focus of the Rail Ministry will continue to be safety and convenience of passengers". "Wishing u all a great life", Prabhu tweeted minutes after 13 ministers took oath of office in the third reshuffle of the Team Modi.
An infrastructure expert said on condition of anonymity that Gadkari had received charge of the river development ministry to smooth the way towards development of national waterways and the ambitious plan of inter-linking rivers.