New Delhi, Jun 11: V Somanna on Tuesday assumed office as the Minister of State for Railways at the Rail Bhawan on Tuesday.

He was welcomed by Railway Board Chairman and CEO Jaya Varma Singh and other senior railway officials.

A Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka's Tumkur constituency, Somanna expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for entrusting him with ministerial responsibilities.

"In the last 10 years, the railways has experienced significant growth under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi ji.

"As we move into Modi 3.0, we will maintain the growth momentum of the railways," Somanna said.

"Delighted to work under the able guidance of the Union Railways Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw ji and contribute to the development of Railways and Viksit Bharat. Together, we will achieve the dream of a Viksit Bharat and we will work 24/7 for it," he said.

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New Delhi (PTI): Union minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday led the ruling National Democratic Alliance's efforts in reaching out to opposition parties to build a consensus on the choice for the Lok Sabha Speaker.

The NDA candidate for the key parliamentary position will file his nomination on Tuesday, the day scheduled for the process.

Sources said the senior BJP leader spoke to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, and DMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Stalin among other opposition leaders in efforts to build a consensus.

They said that nomination could be filed for the deputy speaker's position too, but added it will depend on various factors, including the opposition's stand.