Manmohan, Sonia learned of Kasab hanging through TV
New Delhi: No one from the Union Cabinet or even United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi were kept in the loop about Ajmal Kasab's scheduled hanging on Wednesday morning.
Only President Pranab Mukherjee and the home ministry knew of the decision, according to home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Shinde told NDTV that the UPA chairperson "was not part of the decision" and his Cabinet colleagues learnt of the event through television.
Terming the decision to hang 26/11 terrorist Kasab "a routine" job for him, Shinde said "only the home ministry and the president of India knew of it ... it has nothing to do with the cabinet".
Asked if his Cabinet colleagues, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, were aware that the hanging was being held at 7.30am in Pune's Yerawada Jail, Shinde said, "No, no ... it appeared through television".
Reacting on the rumours that Congress may name Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani as its candidate for Prime Minister, JD(U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said the move could be suicidal for the party.
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