The DMK leadership has so far maintained silence on Maran. “Maran will face the charges himself,” Karunanidhi had said. This is in stark contrast to the stand taken by the party in the case of A Raja.
DMK leaders, however, are not surprised. While Raja and Kanimozhi worked for the DMK, sources said, Maran charted out his own course, and helped his brother Kalanidhi more than the party.
Congress managers are of the view that Maran’s “continuance in the Cabinet has become untenable” with the JPC set to question him and the CBI focusing on his role as the telecom minister during 2004-2007.
The party wants the DMK to take a “judgement call” on Maran and avoid “further embarrassment” to the Centre.
With the anti-graft campaign taking the centre-stage, sources also did not rule out the possibility of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dropping Maran from the Cabinet.
But the DMK appears divided on the issue of snapping the ties with the Congress. Some leaders are of the opinion that taking ‘any decision in haste’ will not be in the DMK’s interests given the party rout in the recent assembly polls.