Patil accepts blame for Mumbai attack, submits resignation (Lead)November 30th, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Home Minister Shivraj Patil, facing widespread criticism for the terror attacks in Mumbai, Sunday took “moral responsibility” and submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.”Yes, he (Patil) has taken the moral responsibility and has decided to quit,” Natarajan told reporters.
“(What happened in Mumbai) is horror and the government is taking it very, very seriously. It was an outrageous attack on India’s sovereignty. The most important thing is to protect the country and its citizen,” she said.
Home ministry sources said the prime minister was yet to accept Patil’s resignation.
Manish Tewari, another Congress spokesperson, also confirmed that Patil had submitted his resignation.
“Patil’s resignation is with the prime minister and now he will take a decision,” he said.
“What happened was reprehensible and what was needed to be done has been done to keep the prestige of the nation intact. And the most important thing is to avoid any blame game,” Tiwari added.
Patil reportedly offered to quit at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting Saturday night following the Mumbai terrorist attack in which 183 people, including 22 foreigners, were killed.x