2G: Maran resigns from Union Cabinet

Pressure is growing on Dayanidhi Maran to quit after the CBI brought him under the 2G scanner.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amid intense pressure, Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday resigned from the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, a day after the CBI brought him under the scanner in the 2G scam.

According to reports, Maran tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at his 7, Race Course Road residence where he met him for the second time today.

Maran is believed to have taken this decision after getting clear instructions from the DMK central leadership, which also met in Chennai to take a decision on his continuance in the UPA-II government.

However, no official confirmation has come in this regard.

Maran’s resignation comes a week ahead of the proposed restructuring of the Central Cabinet led by the Prime Minister, which aims at clearing the image of the corruption-tainted UPA-II government.
Shortly after the conclusion of the Cabinet meeting, several top ministers including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Law Minister V Moily, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Home Minister P Chidambaram met again at the residence of the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to decide on Maran’s future.

The previous meeting of the Union Cabinet was also attended by Maran, who left the meeting halfway and returned to his official residence.

The Congress Core Group had yesterday met at the Prime Minister’s residence and is believed to have discussed the issue.
Maran’s resignation will further strain Congress-DMK ties, which is not in the best terms following the arrest and jailing of M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi and that of his trusted man A Raja.

Maran was the communications minister in 2004-07.

The status report of the Central Bureau of Investigation in the 2G spectrum case submitted to the apex court, yesterday, pointed the finger at Maran for the delaying of telecom company Aircel`s application for 2G licence and forcing it to be sold to Malaysian company Maxis during his tenure as communications minister in 2006.