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Govt may create post of Internal Security Minister

Amid concern over an increase in number of terror attacks in the country, Cabinet will meet today to contemplate creation of a new portfolio of Internal Security.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2008 15:06 IST


Amid concern over growing incidents of terrorism in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a special meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday night to discuss the issue and contemplate creation of a new post of Internal Security Minister.

The special Cabinet meeting has been called in the backdrop of serial blasts in Delhi after which the government, particularly Home Minister Shivraj Patil, has come under attack from the opposition as well as some UPA allies.

Railway Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad has made an open demand for an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss threadbare issues arising out of the Delhi blasts.

In view of the criticism, the government is understood to be contemplating creation of a new portfolio of Internal Security.

Though the UPA government has rejected BJP's demand for enacting a POTA-type law it appears to have some fresh thinking in the wake of calls within the Congress also to go for a new stringent anti-terror law.