Jaya seeks Maran's removal from Cabinet
"Maran is unfit for Union Cabinet and is a disgrace to nation," she said.india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 15:27 IST
AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa has sought removal of Communication Minister Dayanidhi Maran from the Union Cabinet.
The oust has been sought in the wake of a media report that he had "threatened" a top industrialist to give Sun TV, owned by his brother, stakes in a DTH venture.
In a statement , the Chief Minister said that the media report that Maran was trying to arm-twist one of the "upright and ethical industrial groups in India, has ripped the mask off one of the most sinister, unethical, diabolic bids in industrial empire building ever known".
"Maran, by misusing his office and by taking advantage of his influence over the patchwork coalition government at the Centre has made a brazen bid to blackmail his way in acquiring a controlling stake in the DTH business," she charged.
"Maran has shown himself to be unfit to hold the post of a Union Minister and is a disgrace to the entire nation," the chief minister added.
Alleging that Maran had threatened the industrialist with dire consequences to his telecom business unless he agreed to surrender 33 per cent share of the DTH project to SUN TV, she said, "this is one of the most outrageous, extortionist misuses of executive power for personal ends that modern India has ever seen."
"The Prime Minister should salvage the dignity of nation and drop Maran from the cabinet," she said.