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Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was appointed as the deputy leader of the House in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

"The prime minister has directed me to inform that Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, has been appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Rajya Sabha," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said in a written communication to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

The position fell vacant after Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was elevated as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha following the appointment of Thawarchand Gehlot as Governor of Karnataka.

Naqvi, 63, has held the portfolio of Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs earlier. He had served as the minister of state for parliamentary affairs during the first term of the Modi government. He was also a member of the council of ministers in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

The appointment of Naqvi, who is known for having cordial relations with leaders of parties across the political spectrum, assumes significance as it comes at a time when the Opposition is raring to corner the ruling dispensation over a host of issues, including handling of the second wave of Covid-19, rise in fuel prices and farmers' stir.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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