Shivraj Patil under pressure terror attacks
The home minister came under pressure after a key UPA constituent attacked the handling of terrorism and demanded an urgent meeting of the Cabinet to discuss the issue.Updated: Sep 15, 2008 16:27 IST
Home Minister Shivraj Patil on Monday came under pressure after a key UPA constituent and a Cabinet colleague attacked the handling of terrorism and demanded an urgent meeting of the Cabinet and all political parties to discuss the issue.
RJD chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress president earlier in the day and discussed the situation in the wake of serial Delhi blasts on Saturday that claimed 24 lives, however, did not take Patil's name directly.
"A special Cabinet meeting should be called to discuss threadbare issues arising out of the blasts in Delhi," he told reporters in New Delhi, adding the prime minister assured him that he would call a meeting in a couple of days.
He said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi should also call an all-party meeting to debate the issue of terrorism.
Prasad blamed intelligence failure for the Delhi blasts, saying inputs from the IB are always "vague".
Asked about Patil's statements after every blasts, the railway minister said "do I contradict whatever you say".
The RJD chief demanded constitution of a special task force to deal with terrorism-related cases.
Attacking the intelligence agencies, Prasad said the Delhi blasts were a result of intelligence failure. "The Intelligence Bureau inputs are always vague and should be more specific," he added.
"A mechanism should be evolved to tackle such situation," Prasad said.
"After bomb blasts we remain alert for a day or two only whereas the alertness should be a continuous process. There should not be any slackness in maintaining vigil all the time," Prasad said.