Patil's resignation aimed at gaining voters' sympathy -- Rajnath

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Shajapur, Rajasthan, Nov 30 (UNI) BJP president Rajnath Singh has said that resignation by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil was part of the Congress' ''calculated move'' aimed at gaining the people's sympathy ahead the Assembly elections in some states, including Rajasthan.

Addressing a public meeting in support of the BJP candidates for the December 4 Assembly polls, Mr Singh said that a number of terror strikes had been made at different places in the country, including Mumbai, in the past too, but the Congress leadership did not act on moral grounds.

Terming the resignation as ''a belated step'', the BJP Chief said that the move, taken four days after the terror strikes in the financial capital of the country, was a mere trick for gaining sympathy of the voters.

Charging the UPA Government with failure in ensuring due promptness in the Home Ministry's intelligence set up, Mr Singh said the increasing incidents were fallout of the ''weakening of the intelligence network''.

He said that terrorist incidents were also there during the previous NDA regime but ''our government had always handled such situations in a befitting manner with strong political will power''.

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