Maharashtra Deputy CM RR Patil resigns
Maharastra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, who was in the cross hairs in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, resigned on 1 December.
“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.
A Congress leader, who declined to be named, said if either the CM or the deputy CM goes, “the other will have to go because the issue is the same”.
A beleaguered Deshmukh landed himself in a fresh controversy yesterday as he visited the terror-hit Taj Mahal hotel along with film producer Ram Gopal Varma and Deshmukh’s actor son Reitesh.
The issue was raised at the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night which was also attended by Sonia Gandhi with some parties criticising the CM for his “casual” attitude.
Deshmukh recently completed four years in office. The names of union ministers Prithviraj Chavan and Sushil Kumar Shinde are doing the rounds to replace the chief minister and sources say a decision on the successor’s name was delaying Deshmukh’s resignation.
“I have submitted my resignation letter to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. I have gone by my conscience and decided to take this step,” Patil told PTI.
“I pondered over the issue the whole night yesterday. Finally, I have decided to quit as per my conscience,“ Patil said.
Patil’s resignation follows the exit of the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who put in his papers to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, after the Congress Working Committee spoke disapprovingly of the Home Minister, in light of the Mumbai carnage and other terror strikes in the country.
The Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, who was also in charge of the state Home Ministry, was under severe criticism following the terror attacks with opposition Shiv Sena and BJP demanding his resignation alleging that he failed to handle the situation.
Patil belongs to the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party and hails from Sangli district in western Maharashtra.
Who are these people? Patils, Modis, Thackereys, Deshmukhs etc etc. We need a tough person to lead the state and country at this time, someone who stands tall and proud under extreme pressure and give it back as good as it gets. Someone like Kiran Bedi or KPS Gill should be the home minister and not these next to nothing politicians who are just crooks and know only how to divide India on the basis of region or religion..
The problem will not be solved tendering resignation by RR Patil. Mere resignations/change of guards will not solve the problem. They should be made held accountable for the present chaos. In my opinion, the best solution at present is, that President should dismiss the present Government and put the state under President’s rule and hand over the Mumbai City administration to security forces with clear mandate to hunt down the terrorists and their local sympathizers, if any. I am tired of seeing people shouting and screeming in front of the TV cameras and bashing the politicians. Who is responsible for these chaotic conditions? We the people are responsible for having elected such leaders. Now the time has come that people should think and collectively force the Government to bring changes in the People’s Representation Act according to the present requirement and make the politicians accountable for their misdeeds.
Politicians like these selfish people should be Shutdown