Maran rejects allegations of threatening Tatas
IT Minister said some of the firms were conspiring to use their money power to remove him from the Ministry.india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 19:02 IST
Rejecting the allegations of his threatening the Tatas, Union Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Sunday said some of the companies which failed to stop the 'Dial Kashmir-to-Kanyakumari-for One-rupee' scheme were conspiring to use their money power to remove him from the Ministry.
"I expected these allegations when I wanted to introduce the popular telephone-scheme for the benefit of the people. Many companies feared that their profit would be affected due to the scheme. Their allegations against me is part of their conspiracy to remove me," Maran said.
He claimed rich people were trying to threaten him using political and power brokers. "I am not afraid of such threats. I have taken charge only to do whatever service I can do for the people. I want to reduce the burden on the people."
Asked if the Prime Minister's office had questioned him on the issue, Maran said he was not questioned because the Prime Minister was aware that allegations were baseless and wrong.
He also charged that there was a hidden connivance between the BJP and the AIADMK as they feared that the DMK-front would get a landslide victory. "That is why all these false propaganda and allegations. Only for election campaign."
According to his information, even Jayalalithaa would be defeated in Andipatti constituency, Maran said.
Referring to senior BJP leader LK Advani's demand for an inquiry into the "false and concocted" allegations made against him, he wondered whether Advani demanded an inquiry into the Tehelka scam, which showed video clippings of BJP leaders taking money.