Under attack over his handling of internal security, Home Minister Shivraj Patil has said that he will quit the post if the Congress leadership is not with him.
He took exception to the criticism over his changing clothes thrice while appearing before the media on Saturday after the Delhi blasts and said "you criticise his policies, you don't criticise his clothes".
Noting that there was no point staying on in the post if the leadership was not with him, Patil said, "I am not in much demand. I am here just because of them (leadership).
"I have no group either...It's only that the leadership supports me that I continue to stay here," he told NDTV.
Responding to the criticism, he said "...I live in a clean, neat manner. If I don't get angry with the people... If I keep my cool when it is necessary to keep cool.... When such incidents happen, you find fault with me. And if they are doing it, do you expect me to reply to that kind of criticism".
The Home Minister further said, "I will leave it to the people to judge. You judge yourself. Is this the correct way of criticising a politician....".