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I will quit if Congress leadership asks me to: Patil

September 16, 2008 12:39 IST
Last Updated: September 16, 2008 14:43 IST

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Under pressure to quit over his handling of internal security, Home Minister Shivraj Patil [Images] has said that he will go if the Congress leadership wants him to step down.

"If the leadership is not with me, there is no point of staying here. I am not in much demand. I am here just because of them (leadership). I have no group either. It's only that the leadership supports me that I continue to stay here," he told NDTV.

The home minister took exception to the criticism over his changing clothes thrice on Saturday night when Delhi [Images] was rocked by the blasts and said, "You criticise his policies, you don't criticise his clothes."

"Suppose I don't use abusive language. I live in a clean, neat manner. I don't get angry with the people. If I keep my cool when it is necessary to keep cool when such incidents happen, you find fault with me. And if they are doing it, do you expect me to reply to that kind of criticism against me," Patil said.

The home minister further said, "I will leave it to the people to judge. You judge yourself. Is this the correct way of criticising a politician. You criticise his policies, you don't criticise his clothes."

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