Shinde plays Dalit card, says little about security plans

Sushil Kumar Shinde, who is to be the nation's new Home Minister, had few views to offer about security or within the nation or his plans for the ministry and instead chose to speak about how he was only the second Dalit to be given the Home Ministry by the government.

"Dalits usually never get home ministry. Rajiv Gandhi was the first to give the ministry to a Dalit when he made Buta Singh the Home Minister and now the second time it has happened under Sonia Gandhi when Manmohan Singh has given the ministry to me," he said.

 Shinde plays Dalit card, says little about security plans

Shinde will be taking over as Home Minister from P Chidambaram. PTI

Shinde, who was a police official before he joined politics, said the new ministry was a critical one.

"The Home Ministry is a critical ministry. We have to deal with a situation taking cognisance of the ground situation," he said.

The Congress leader, whose virtues of getting a consensus have been extolled during his appointment, also put them out on full display and said that the ministry's relationship with the states should remain simple.

"Our relationship with the states should stay simple. I want to tell them that we are all Indians regardless of which party we're from," Shinde said.

And though he may not be the Power Minister any more, he had strong words for critics of his work at the ministry and the grid failure that left over a dozen states without electricity over the last two days.

"In USA, the light doesn't come for four days, here we get it in a matter of days. People should appreciate how work is done at the grid," he said.

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Updated Date: Aug 01, 2012 12:18:18 IST