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New Home Minister Sushil Shinde was to visit Pune today

India TV News Desk 01 Aug 2012, 22:07:57 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi, Aug 1: It was an irony of fate for the new Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that low-intensity serial blasts took place in the very city he was supposed to visit today on the first day of his new charge.

Shinde cancelled his trip to Pune at the last minute to meet with officals in his new assignment at the home ministry, said Jitendra Singh, minister of state for Home.

"Please stay calm...the governments of India and Maharashtra will work towards cracking this", Jitendra Singh told a news channel.

Shinde was scheduled to address a meeting at Bal Gandharva theatre, but the meeting was also cancelled.

After yesterday's wide-ranging blackout in half of India, Shinde was elevated to the post of Home Minister. Shinde took charge as Home Minister today itself.