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Sushil Kumar Shinde will be India’s new Home Minister. On Wednesday he took charge of the Home Ministry.

 Shinde, being the new Home Minister, said that the Home Ministry is a big responsibility. “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,” he told.

 “Home is a critical ministry. We have to deal with a situation taking cognisance of the ground situation,” he said.

 On Anna’s fast Shinde said, “Anna’s andolan is against corruption. We are with him on the issue but it has to be within a framework.”

 While the Opposition called it a “reward for his loyalty to the Gandhi family”.

 BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that instead of being hauled up for the what was the country’s worst power failure, the minister who was in charge of the department was being rewarded with promotion.Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is said to have written a letter to Shinde last year saying that he was not doing enough to improve the country’s power situation.

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