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Sushil Kumar Shinde takes charge of Home Ministry

August 1, 2012 - New Delhi

The new Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde took charge as the Home Minister of India Wednesday morning. Earlier, he met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Shinde has taken charge of the Home Ministry in the North Block.

Speaking to reporters, Shinde said, "This is the second time that a dalit is being given the Home Ministry. I will work for the country. I understand that it is crucial to work closely with the states. Home is a critical ministry. We have to deal with a situation taking cognisance of the ground situation". Commenting on the Team Anna's protests over corruption, Shinde said that they are with him on the issue of corruption and added that it has to be within a framework. Prior to taking charge, Shinde appealed to all the Chief Ministers of the country to work together irrespective of the parties they belong to.

Shinde also acknowledged that taking charge of home ministry is a difficult job. "The Home Ministry is a very critical ministry, I being a former police officer I know how deal with it. But every time one cannot deal as a police officer," Shinde said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made a minor reshuffle of his cabinet yesterday. He appointed Sushil Shinde as the home minister and has given the finance ministry to P Chidambaram. The power sector was given as an additional responsibility to Corporate Affairs minister Veerappa Moily. The appointment of Shinde as Home Minister has shocked many in the opposition parties, who termed it as a reward to Shinde for being loyal to the Gandhi family.

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