shivraj-patil-1Earlier in the day Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil also as resigned owning moral responsibility for the Mumbai attacks that left almost 200 people dead and the entire nation angry over the latter part of this week. Patil sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday. After the stepping down of Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Finance Minister P Chidambaram has become the new home minister. Also, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is also likely to be asked to step down. The home minister has had a troubled stint right through the over four years of the Congress-led UPA regime, and there has been a clamour for his resignation every time there has been a terror attack in the country. At the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday Sonia Gandhi took the lead in saying that irrespective of the elections there is a feeling that the government and the party must take responsibility. Taking the cue, other senior leaders like Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Kamal Nath, Kapil Sibal and H R Bhardwaj attacked Patil, without naming him, saying somebody must be held responsible. Patil then offered to step down, saying he was ready for any decision the CWC took. The home ministry under Patil has been criticized for not having acted upon Intelligence reports about the likelihood of a major terror attack much before the Mumbai siege happened. Bureau report NMTV

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