Shivraj Patil's resignation accepted

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Jakarta, Nov 30 : President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who is visiting Indonesian Capital Jakarta, has accepted Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil's resignation after it was forwarded to her by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh this afternoon.

Talking exclusively to ANI in Jakarta, President's Deputy Press Secretary Nitin Wakankar said that Patil's resignation has been accepted.

He also said that Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram would be the country's new Home Minister, and that the Prime Minister will himself look after the Finance Ministry.

However, there was no official confirmation about the fate of resignation of the National Security Adviser, though a section of the media reported that he would be asked to continue at least for the time being.

Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the situation arising in the aftermath of Mumbai terror strikes. The meeting is slated to take place at PM's official residence 7 RCR. By Ravinder Singh Patil

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