India’s government, badly shaken by the Mumbai massacre and a poor police response, is suffering addional bleeding as the very top members of the government are resigning…. In the U.S., this would be like the FBI Director, the Director of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense resigning….
After union home minister Shivraj Patil, Maharashtra deputy chief minister R R Patil quit on Monday in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks and now chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh also appears to be on the way out.
The Times of india
“I offered to resign at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Saturday,” said Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
“High Command will decide (on the resignation issue),” he said.
Earlier, highly placed Congress sources said Deshmukh has offered to resign and a decision on it will be taken in a day or two.
The offer comes after the CWC meet attended by Deshmukh on Saturday evening which saw leader after leader emphasising the need to ensure accountability from “higher to lower level”.
Party leaders say since the union home minister has resigned at the higher level, the accountability now needs to be fixed at the lower level also and the Chief Minister has to take a call at the earliest.
His deputy R R Patil resigned three days after the terror strikes and his party chief Sharad Pawar has asked the chief minister to accept the resignation.
“We have taken our own decision. It is for them to take their decision,” the NCP supremo said when asked whether the chief minister, who belongs to Congress, had also quit.