Rules out re-entry into Cabinet if the DMK leadership offered him the post again; says there is no truth in allegations against him
Will ask party leadership to explain the charge against him`Did not pose obstacles to the rise of M.K. Stalin'
CHENNAI: Dayanidhi Maran, who resigned on Sunday as Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, insists that he will not join any other party even if he were to be expelled from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
Addressing a press conference at his residence on Monday, he said, "I was born in the DMK; I am still a DMK man and will continue to be a supporter of the party even if I am removed from its primary membership." He would not talk ill of DMK president and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi or the party, he added.
Mr. Maran said he had briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi of his decision to quit the Ministry. Both of them were a little upset over his decision, he added.
He ruled out his re-entry into the Cabinet if the DMK leadership offered him the post again. He would continue to serve the people as a Member of Parliament of Central Chennai.
Mr. Maran said that he was not worried about losing his Ministerial post but he only regretted that Mr. Karunanidhi had doubted his integrity. "So, when I realised that he did not want me to continue in the Ministry, I sent in my resignation letter without waiting for a show cause notice or any communication from the party."
He had not yet received a show cause notice from the party leadership, he said, adding that there was no truth in the allegation against him. As he could not take the "huge accusation" against him, he would ask the leadership to explain the charge that he had disrupted party discipline, he said.
Mr. Maran said in the last 26 months, he was able to attract foreign direct investment to India under his portfolio. Investments to the tune of Rs. 47,000 crore had been made in Tamil Nadu. "For this, I thank my leader Kalaignar, Dr. Singh and Ms. Gandhi who gave me the opportunity to perform and also the voters of my constituency who elected me to the Lok Sabha." The State was bound to attract more investments, he said.
He did not agree that his resignation would send a wrong signal to the foreign investors. "There is a good Government at the Centre. I was not the only one shouldering the responsibilities. There are better Ministers. Dr. Singh is the best Prime Minister." His exit from the Ministry would not affect the DMK, as the party had a good reputation, he said.
On attempts to link him with the incidents at the Dinakaran office in Madurai, he said, "I have nothing to do with Sun TV or Dinakaran. Someone has tried to capitalise on the opportunity." He also denied that he had contacted the Union Home Ministry directly to intervene and deal with the Madurai violence.
He said he did not pose obstacles to the rise of Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin. He had good relations with Mr. Stalin and his brother M.K. Azhagiri, as they were his uncles, he added.
To a question, he said Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had doubled its profit after he took over as Minister. Having successfully implemented the `One India' scheme, he had a proposal to remove the roaming rental charges on mobile phones from June 3, the birthday of Mr. Karunanidhi. Unfortunately, he had to quit before the proposal materialised. He urged the Central Government to implement the scheme.
PTI reports from New Delhi:
Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veerasamy told journalists here that Dayanidhi Maran had threatened the State Home Secretary in the wake of the Madurai violence.
"Our Minister in the Cabinet threatens the Home Secretary of Tamil Nadu and warns that if not going to maintain law and order, I will meet the President and give a letter."