Home Minister of India Shivraj Patil resigned today, taking moral responsibility for the failure to prevent terror attacks.After being subject to severe criticism at last night’s Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, Patil met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this morning and submitted his resignation.
Between 1972-79, he was member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for two terms during which time he held various positions such as Deputy Minister (Law & Judiciary, Irrigation, Protocol), Deputy Speaker of the Assembly and Speaker of the Assembly.
In 1980, he first elected to the 7th Loksabha(House of the people)
He had won seven successive Lok Sabha elections until 1999.
First inducted in the Indira Gandhi cabinet as Minister of State for Defence (1980-82), he was given independent charge of the Commerce Ministry (1982-83), from where he was shifted to Science and Technology, Atomic Energy, Electronics, Space and Ocean Development (1983-84).
After the assassination of Indira Gandhi,Rajiv Gandhit, he was inducted in the cabinet as a minister of Personnel, Defence production and later held independent charge of Civil Aviation and Tourism.
He has also held a number of important positions in the party ever since Sonia took over the presidency of the party.As speaker of the Lok Sabha, he set his mark as an able parliamentarian.He became Home Minister in 2004 after the Congress led united Progressive Front(UPA) came to power by defeating BJP led National Democratic Alliance(NDA) . Shivraj Patil lost in the 2004 polls from Latur constituency in Maharastra . He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 2004.Patil’s name was considered a likely candidate in 2007 parliamentary election However, after the Left parties opposed his candidature.But critics said that he failed miserably as a Home Minister to curb terrorism and his reluctant attitude.
Maharastra Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil also resigned from the post taking moral responsibility.