Mumbai: India’s Home Secretary Resigns, Government Imperiled

On November 29, Peace and Freedom predicted a change in government in India as a result of the Mumbai massacre. Political analysist inside india said the weakended government of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could probably not gracefully accept the criticism bound to come after the Mumbai attacks.  Now the first political “victim” of the Mumbai terrorism is out…

Mumbai Terror Strike: India’s Government to Fall?

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By Nagendar Sharma
Hindustan Times

Under fire from within his party and ruling allies for his inept handling of the security situation in the country, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil resigned on Sunday, owning the moral responsibility for terror attacks in Mumbai.

Shivraj Patil
Home minister Shivraj Patil gestures as he addresses mediapersons after a cabinet meeting with Prime Minister

Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday. (AFP Photo)

Patil has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh, highly placed government sources said. The resignation is likely to be accepted and more resignations of top officials responsible for country’s security and intelligence gathering cannot be ruled out, they said.

Patil’s resignation has also put a question mark on the continuation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is also under intense party pressure to step down.

Prime Minister Singh was reportedly unhappy with Patil’s performance in the wake of repeated terror attacks in different parts of the country.

Beleagured Patil faced severe criticism at the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday night, and party president Sonia Gandhi’s disapproval of his handling of the ministry sealed his fate, it is learnt.

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