New Delhi: With the continuation of DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran in the Union Cabinet increasingly becoming untenable, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may decide on his fate as early as within the next 24 hours.
As per reports, Thursday, if the CBI goes ahead and names Maran in the 2G scam chargesheet then his exit from the Union Cabinet will be a certainty.
The status report of the Central Bureau of Investigation in 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.
The report has provided fresh ammunition to the opposition to target Maran and the United Progressive Alliance government.
Importantly, Congress sources were quoted by a news agency as saying that the party will consult the DMK before taking a decision on continuation of Maran.
The Congress Core Group had yesterday met at the Prime Minister’s residence and is believed to have discussed the issue.
Clearly a lot will also depend on the stand taken by Maran’s grand uncle chief M Karunanidhi. The DMK chief is not in the best of terms with the Congress over the arrest and jailing of his daughter Kanimozhi and that of his trusted man A Raja.
Maran is the textiles minister at present and was the communications minister in 2004-07.