Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Saturday criticised the media for selective leak of his letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the 2G spectrum issue during his tenure as Communications Minister. (A section of the media had reported that Mr. Maran, in a letter in 2006, asked the Prime Minister to keep spectrum pricing out of the purview of the Empowered Group of Ministers.)
“These letters were written during 2006 as normal communication. It is not right for the media to judge a letter without seeing its attachments and jump to conclusion. The media is trying to connect the 2006 letter with today's scenario. Today's scenario is different. The media wants to be judge and punish everyone…There was not even a single controversy during my tenure as I had left the issue to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India,” he told journalists, after launching the extended Scheme for the Integrated Textile Park.
Describing the Prime Minister as an honest and bold leader, he said, “The DMK will stand by the Congress and back the Prime Minister... The DMK is a trusted and loyal ally of the Congress and it has no intention to arm-twist the Prime Minister or anyone. The ties between the parties are strong.”
On the former Telecom Minister A. Raja, who had to quit in the wake of the spectrum controversy, he said that Mr. Raja was capable of defending himself and was doing a good job.