Maharashtra chief minister not quitting: Congress leader

November 30th, 2008 - 5:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Shivraj PatilMumbai, Nov 30 (ANS) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and his deputy are not resigning, a senior Congress leader Sunday.Kripa Shankar Singh, president of the Mumbai Congress unit, dismissed as “speculation and rumour” that Deshmukh and Deputy Chief Minister R.R. Patil had been asked to step down in the wake of the Mumbai terror.

Following the resignation of Home Minister Shivraj Patil, rumours gripped Maharashtra that Deshmukh had been asked to quit by the Congress and take the responsibility for the terror attacks that killed 183 people.

Patil, who is also the home minister, is from the Nationalist Congress Party.

Singh told IANS that the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting in New Delhi Saturday night owned up the “moral responsibility” for the attacks.

Congress spokesman in Maharashtra Sanjay Nirupam said that Shivraj Patil had set “a healthy democratic trend” by resigning.

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