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India's Home Minister resigns in wake of Mumbai terror strikes

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Nov 30, IRNA
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India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil, under tremendous pressure over a spate of terrorist attacks in the country since last year, resigned on Sunday in the wake of the Mumbai terror strikes.

India's business capital, Mumbai was hit by terror on Wednesday night that claimed around 200 lives.

Patil, who had offered to step down at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday night, sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday morning.

The 74-year-old Patil was inducted into the Union Cabinet despite his defeat from Latur in Maharashtra in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls and has been a target of the opposition as also the detractors within the party over his handling of the internal security situation in the country.

Patil had told the CWC meeting that as the home minister he "takes the responsibility and whatever the CWC decides, I am ready to do", Indian official media reported quoting the sources.

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