New Delhi: Communications minister resigned on 13 May 2007, hours after DMK demanded he be removed from his post in the wake of the severe embarassment to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi following the exposure of chinks in the party’s first family.
“I have sent my resignation to the prime minister,” Dayanidhi Maran told Reuters by phone. “My political party and my leader decided that I should resign. I am following his wishes.”
Maran, who is in Udgamandalam and spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before faxing his resignation to him. He said in a statement that he had not “even thought of betraying Karunanidhi or the party”.
Earlier during the day, the DMK asked its leader and the state chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi—who is Maran’s great uncle—to ensure Maran be sacked.
“The party authorized (party) president M. Karunanidhi to take steps to get Dayanidhi Maran removed from the Union Cabinet for violating party discipline,” a statement of the DMK said.
DMK leaders have said the Marans, particularly Dayanidhi, were trying to create a political rift in Karunanidhi’s family.
“His recent activities have violated party discipline and tarnished the image of the party,” the DMK said.
Maran’s tenure as communications and information technology minister has seen sizzling growth in mobile phone use in India, and the 40-year-old was seen as one of the most able members of the federal cabinet.