Mumbai: NCP, the alliance partner in the
Congress-led government in Maharashtra, on Thursday criticised the
demand for resignation of Home Minister RR Patil over the
July 13 serial blasts in the metropolis.
"During a calamity, need of the hour is to stay united
and not indulge in politics," NCP spokesman Madan Bafna said
He expressed confidence that a breakthrough will be
soon made in the blasts case. "By making critical statements,
the Opposition is maligning the image of the state."
Hitting out at the BJP for seeking the resignation of
Patil, who belongs to NCP, Bafna said the main Opposition
party had no right to comment on issues related to terror.
"This is the same party under whose government,
Parliament was attacked and terrorists were taken in a plane
to Kandahar (to end hijacking in 1999)," Bafna said.
He said the Home Department had implemented several
recommendations of the Ram Pradhan Committee instituted after
the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.
"Intelligence gathering has improved and R R Patil
chairs meeting of intelligence officials every month.
Similarly, 100 CCTVs have been installed in different parts of
the city (to boost security)," the NCP leader noted.
Admitting delay in setting up 5,000 CCTVs as promised
by the government, he said adequate manpower to man this huge
network was also necessary to prevent untoward incidents. "The
government is working on it," Bafna added.