It is unlikely that Mumbaikars forget the comment he had made after the 2008 Mumbai attacks - Bade bade shaharon mein choti choti ghatna hote hain (such small incidences do take place in big cities) which attracted public criticism to the extent that led to his downfall. The comment pinched the government so hard that not only Patil but the then Chief Minister, Visalrao Deshmukh was also shown the exit door by the government.
The same question now comes up after the Mumbai blasts that shook the whole country on Jul 13. When the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress were voted into power in the year 2009, Patil pleaded before Sharad Pawar, NCP President that he be given a second chance.
After he was back to the office, Patil declared that he would make Mumbai the safest place to live on earth, but yesterday's (Jul 13) blast have left every one in doubt over his capability and the government's effort to curb terrorism.
Grabbing the right opportunity, many politicians including the likes of LK Advani visited the blast sites extending their help to the victims.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of state, Prithviraj Chavan and home minister PC Chidambaram condemned the attacks and asked the people to co-operate with the government.
Patil who is under tremendous pressure now will also have to face the heat from opposition parties Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The government has failed again despite a recent Intelligence Bureau (IB) alert on all metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad about possible terror attacks.