DMK to withdraw Maran from Union Cabinet

Updated on May 13, 2007 11:40 PM IST
The DMK says Maran's recent approach and activities have been violative of party discipline and have brought defame to the party.
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PTI | By, Chennai

The DMK on Sunday night decided to get Communication and Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran sacked from the Union Cabinet in the wake of serious embarassment to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and exposure of chinks in the party's first family.

"As Dayananidhi Maran's recent approach and activities have been violative of party discipline and have brought defame to the party, the administrative committee has decided to urge party President M Karunanidhi and General Secretary E Anbazhagan to take necessary steps to get him removed from the Union Cabinet", a resolution adopted at the meeting said.

The more than two-hour-long meeting also adopted another resolution by which Maran would be given a show-cause notice asking him to explain his conduct and decide after getting his reply on further action against him including regarding his primary membership.

The action against Maran, the 41-year-old son of late Murasoli Maran, nephew of Karunanidhi, came four days after Dinakaran, a daily owned by the union minister's elder brother Kalanidhi Maran, was attacked in Madurai in which three people lost their lives.

The attack was carried out by DMK workers owing allegiance fo M K Azhagiri, elder son of Karunanidhi, after Dinakaran carried a survey which claimed that 70 per cent of the people favoured the Chief Minister's younger son M K Stalin as his political heir while only two per cent pitched for Azhagiri.

Political observers said the action against Maran was inevitable given the fact that last week's recent developments put Karunanidhi in bad light and the partymen were gunning for the union minister.

A greenhorn in politics, Dayananidhi Maran was brought into the party just ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections after his father's death in late 2003. He contested successfully from South Madras Lok Sabha seat and was made a cabinet minister straight being given a plum portfolio.

The high-profile young minister functioned as the DMK's pointsperson at the Centre and interacted with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on behalf of Karunanidhi.

He was also seen with Karunanidhi on all important occasions including when business delegations from home and abroad met the Chief Minister.

Angered by the developments in the wake of violence, Karunanidhi reprimanded the publication of the survey by Dinakaran owned by Kalanidhi Maran who also owns the SUN TV group, which was seen as a direct attack on the Maran brothers.

The entire Karunanidhi family, including Stalin, Azhagiri and their sister Kanimozhi, was angry with the survey which triggered violence sullying the party and the government's image.

Karunanidhi had said in the state assembly that the survey was published by the paper despite his advice to them not to carry it.

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