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PM holds cabinet meet on terrorism
September 17, 2008 22:04 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] on Wednesday night held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the growing concerns over terrorism, amid speculations that a new Internal Security Minister may be appointed.
The meeting has been called in the backdrop of serial blasts in Delhi [Images], after which the government, particularly Home Minister Shivraj Patil [Images], has come under attack from the opposition as well as some United Progressive Alliance allies.
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav [Images], who made an oblique criticism of the functioning of the Home Ministry in the wake of the Delhi blasts and demanded a special meeting of the union cabinet to discuss the issue, was conspicuous by his absence in the meeting.
The meeting comes on a day when the Prime Minister announced that the government was actively considering further strengthening of the existing anti-terror law.
Though the UPA government has rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party's demand for enacting a Prevention Of Terrorist Activities-type law, it appears to be considering the possibility of a stringent anti-terror law.
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