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Following Modi’s bidding

WHEN Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to drop Suresh Prabhu, technocrat-turned politicians, in his first cabinet, politicians cited many reasons. Lack of mass connect is one of the oft-cited reasons for Prabhu’s exit. Prabhu led the Railway Ministry for three years and the Commerce Ministry for two years. The chartered accountant-turned politician has held several portfolios in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, too, as a representative of the Shiv Sena. Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he joined the BJP and became the Railways Minister in 2014. Prabhu even offered his resignation owing moral responsibility for a couple of rail accidents during his tenure. He was shifted to Commerce and Civil Aviation in 2017. The buzz within the BJP is that Prabhu should have tried to ensure more dividends to the BJP because Railways is the Ministry that connects the country. Prabhu was more like a CEO of the Ministry than a politician who also carried along the interests of his political party. Insiders tell a different story about his exit. It is learnt that Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray clearly told the BJP leadership that Prabhu should not be included in the cabinet. One can recall, Prabhu was earlier also removed at the instance of Bal Thackeray when he was Power Minister in the Vajpayee government. Regardless, Modi recognises his talent and knows what Prabhu can do for him. So, Modi has put Suresh Prabhu on Track 2 diplomatic missions and Prabhu is busy travelling abroad most of the time.

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