Monday, December 1, 2008

Mr. 'Minor Incident' Quits

Maharashtra Deputy CM RR Patil described the Mumbai 26/11 attack as a 'minor incident.' That set off a wave of anger against him, with online communities wondering how a man who was protected by bodyguards round the clock could be callous enough to say such a thing.

After tremendous pressure and the fear of political death, RR Patil has resigned today, handing over his resignation to NCP President Sharad Pawar. His resignation must now be forwarded to the Governor of Maharashtra.

Next on the dismissal line in the Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who has long been blamed for incompetence. However, public opinion against him is so strong right now that failure to resign might lead to a resounding defeat for the Congress in next year's Federal Elections and also state elections.

Yesterday, Federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil resigned, followed immense pressure from the public and his own allies. Finance Minister P Chidambaram will be taking his place, while Prime Minsuter-economist Manmohan Singh will take up additional charge of the Finance Ministry. Federal elections are just six months away, and failure to act now could be political suicide for the Congress.

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