New Delhi, June 13 -- Railways minister Piyush Goyal will be the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s new deputy leader in Parliament's upper House or the Rajya Sabha, the party announced on Wednesday.

Goyal will replace law and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is now a member of Lok Sabha. Defence minister Rajnath Singh will continue to be the BJP's deputy leader in Lok Sabha.

Goyal, 54, is a second term Rajya Sabha member and son of former Union minister Vedprakash Goyal.

He was inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's previous government as a junior minister with independent charge of coal and power. He was promoted to the cabinet rank in September 2017 and also given the charge of railways.

Goyal also held the ...