Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil is in the line of fire with pressure mounting on the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to remove him from the portfolio. The NCP leadership is of the view that Patil is not in control of the important ministry.
NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had publicly rebuked Patil following the Pune serial blasts on August 2. Patil is also facing criticism for the August 11 violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai in which 2 people were killed and 52 others including 44 police personnel were injured.
While senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Arup Patnaik has been removed as Mumbai Police Commissioner for his inability to prevent the August 11 violence, Patil is still the state Home Minister.
Sources say that Patil is likely to be replaced when a reshuffle of portfolios takes place some time in mid September.
Patil has survived the November 2008 terror strikes, German Bakery blast in Pune and serial blasts in the same city in the last couple of months.
Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar are in the reckoning for the Home portfolio.