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November 30, 2008

India’s Home Minister quits as first political fallout of Mumbai attacks

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P.Chidambaram India's new Union Home Minister

Union Home Minister of India Shivraj Patil resigned a day after Mumbai attacks had come to an end. Patil submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which was later accepted by President of India. It was the first political reverberations that was felt in UPA led government of India. Shivraj Patil was already facing stiff criticism from Indian media and India’s main political opposition party – Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The key allies such as Rashtriya Janata Dal of ruling Indian National Congress had already begun to raise voices for home minister’s resignation. Inefficiency of India’s security and intelligence agencies to protect the people against a series of terror attacks in the past six months was reason for Patil’s ouster.

India's Home Minister quits as first political fallout of Mumbai attacks
“This is too little, too late. One disaster has been replaced by another proven disaster”
India's Home Minister quits as first political fallout of Mumbai attacks

—Rajiv Pratap Rudy of the BJP

Patil’s resignation came after a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meet in which Sonia Gandhi had made it clear by expressing unhappiness over the terrorist incidents taking place at regular intervals. The meet was a hostile towards Patil as many other Union minister spoke against Shivraj Patil. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh had also come under fire in the meeting. Source in India media have reported that he would soon follow Shivraj Patil and may have to resign under pressure. Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan is speculated to become chief minister if Congress party high command decides to replace Deshmukh.

Finance Minister of India P.Chidambaram has been appointed the successor of Patil. Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh would be handling the finance ministry now. Chidambaram has earlier served in internal security under the administration of Rajiv Gandhi in late 1980s. On Sunday, an all-party meeting was also convened by the Prime Minister to discuss the Mumbai attacks and evolve a consensus withing India’s political parties on how to combat terror.

Menawhile, The Indian government is considering to stall the five-year old cease-fire with Pakistan and to end the dialogue process in order to send strong diplomatic signals.


Sources

  • “Sonia’s remarks show Patil the door”. Times of India, 30 Nov 2008
  • “Chidambaram takes over as home minister”. Times of India, 30 Nov 2008
  • “Indian minister resigns over Mumbai attacks”. CNN, 30 Nov 2008
  • “Patil out, politics in: A face-saver good enough?”. CNN IBN, 30 Nov 2008
  • “Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh may be removed”. Times of India, 30 Nov 2008
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