It seemed inevitable anyway:
Prime Minister Singh accepted the resignation and immediately named Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to take over the Home Ministry post, according to a source in the prime minster’s office.
Singh will add the Finance Ministry to his responsibilities, the source said.
N. Ram, editor-in-chief of The Hindu — a major Indian newspaper — said Patil’s departure was overdue. “This man has been widely criticized for not being up to it and it was simply impossible that he could stay on after this,” Ram said.
The criticism of Patil was “that he has been very slow, that they haven’t delivered in the promise to improve intelligence.”
With general elections mandated by next May “this government is really fighting for its political life,” he said.
The political impact of this attack, within India, is going to be far-reaching and is unlikely to stop here. It will be interesting to see if this pushes them towards a post-9/11 style reorganization.