Chennai: Even as the clamour for the arrest of Dayanidhi Maran grows, DMK chief M Karunanidhi came out in his support, saying the resignation has come in the wake of media pressure. Former Textiles Minister resigned from the Union Cabinet on Thursday after being implicated by the CBI in 2G spectrum scam case.
Karunanidhi asserted, “The DMK stands by Dayanidhi Maran.”
Refuting reports that the DMK was consulted before Maran’s resignation, Karunanidhi said, “Nobody consulted DMK on Maran’s resignation issue.”
An angry Karunanidhi also attacked the media for their coverage of the 2G spectrum scam accusing it of defaming Maran.
He went on to add, “Media has the power to defame anybody and Maran is no exception.”
Earlier in the day, Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran 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’s resignation comes a week ahead of the proposed restructuring of the Union Cabinet led by the Prime Minister, which aims at clearing the image of the corruption-tainted UPA-II government.
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.