Ra­j­nath Looks Up To Pa­tel for In­spi­ra­tion Ra­j­nath's Pre­scrip­tion for Home Min

Af­ter tak­ing charge, Ra­j­nath meets Home Sec­re­tary Anil Goswami, min­istry of­fi­cials and Delhi Lieu­tenant Gover­nor (LG) Na­jeeb Jung to take stock of the things

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - AMAN SHARMA

“It's a min­istry for brick­bats, and he knows the only bou­quets he gets is to­day.” An aide so summed up the chal­lenge for his boss as BJP Pres­i­dent Ra­j­nath Singh joined on Thurs­day as the new Home Min­is­ter.

If the task is oner­ous at North Block, Singh was def­i­nitely look­ing for the right in­spi­ra­tion. Be­fore com­ing to the Home Min­istry, Singh made a point to gar­land a statue of In­dia's first Home Min­is­ter, Sar­dar Pa­tel at New Delhi's Pa­tel Chowk. Once at the Min­istry, Singh pre­ferred to take the stairs (and not the el­e­va­tor) where a gi­ant pho­to­graph of Pa­tel greets each vis­i­tor. An aide said Singh had de­cided on May 27 it­self that he will first take Pa­tel's bless­ings. “When you think of a Home Min­is­ter, the only per­son you think of is the Iron Man, Sar­dar Pa­tel,” an aide said.

The post of Home Min­is­ter has lately been held by politi­cians per­ceived as week-kneed, in­clud­ing Shivraj Patil and Sushil Ku­mar Shinde, even as P Chi­dambaram brought an ur­gency to the job post the 26/11 at­tacks. Singh, how­ever, does carry a hard-nosed im­age which many say is suited for the tricky job. “He is a man for cri­sis sit­u­a­tion. He has han­dled many a cri­sis in BJP and vir­tu­ally brought the party out of cri­sis. If there is a man cut out in this govern­ment for the high pres­sure job of Home Min­is­ter, it is him,” a close aide said.

Singh started in right earnest by hold­ing a three-hour long meet­ing with min­istry bu­reau­crats within min­utes of tak­ing charge where he made it clear that In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity was his “top pri­or­ity”, a Min­istry of­fi­cial said. “Think dif­fer­ently, in­no­vate and think out of the box,” Singh told the bu­reau­crats as he saw a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion by Home Sec­re­tary Anil Goswami where the Home Min­is­ter asked

In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity

Goswami to pre­pare a “new blue­print” for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity and asked the anti-naxal di­vi­sion in the min­istry to achieve bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion with states in the fight against the left-wing ex­trem­ists.

“Singh had a lot of ques­tions for the bu­reau­crats and asked them to set new tar­gets. He wanted to know the es­ti­mate of the num­ber of Bangladeshis liv­ing il­le­gally in In­dia and dis­cussed the is­sue of Bangladeshi in­fil­tra­tion,” a Home Min­istry of­fi­cial said. Singh also asked for a new ad­vi­sory to be sent out for sen­si­tis­ing met­ros about the se­cu­rity of the north-east people. In an­other meet­ing in the evening, he met Delhi Lieu­tenant Gover­nor (LG) Na­jeeb Jung to un­der­stand the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the cap­i­tal.

Singh car­ries a hard-nosed im­age which many say is suited for the tricky job

An aide also made light of the the fact that Singh joined only on Fri­day though his name as the Home Min­is­ter was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day it­self. “He was on the job since Wed­nes­day, work­ing from Home. He had spo­ken to KCR Rao yes­ter­day evening ask­ing him to en­sure events on ap­pointed date of June 2 for Te­lan­gana go smoothly and with­out vi­o­lence. Tak­ing charge at North Block is just a photo-op which hap­pened to­day. He has also been caught up in party work,” the aide said. Singh for one, was un­like those who spoke their mind to the me­dia on their pri­or­i­ties as soon as they joined of­fice. Singh thought it was bet­ter to wait and first un­der­stand the job he has at hand be­fore speak­ing on the same “I will speak to you af­ter 4-5 days,” he told a group of jour­nal­ists who had been wait­ing since morn­ing. Up­dates on his Twit­ter han­dle may be the hope.

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