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Thursday, July 7, 2011

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NDTV Correspondent, Updated: July 07, 2011 13:38 IST.

New Delhi:  Dayanidhi Maran today ended days of speculation by meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and offering to resign from his post of Union Textile Minister. 

On his way to the PM's 7 Race Course Road residence, the DMK leader had already taken the red beacon off his car. 

Earlier on Thursday, amid national speculation about whether he would be asked to resign, Mr Maran attended a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's residence. Sources said attendance was high - virtually every minister was present- and that no reference was made to the allegations made just 24 hours ago against Mr Maran by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Mr Maran, who is Textiles Minister, was the first to leave when the meeting ended a little after noon.  

Mr Maran stepped out of the meeting for a few minutes when the Cabinet discussed issues related to FM licenses. He was recusing himself because of a potential conflict of interest - his brother, Kalanidhi, owns the Sun TV network which includes radio stations.

The CBI yesterday said in a Delhi court that early evidence suggests that Mr Maran misused his office when he was Telecom Minister to force the sale of Aircel to an industrialist close to the Maran family.

If he has any propriety, he would have resigned the moment hard evidence is being published in connection with his gross misuse of establishing a private BSNL network, a Fibre Optics Network and also of his forcing Aircel's former owner to sell his shares to his company of choice from Singapore, which in turn got all the Telecom licences.

Offering to resign has no meaning as anyway whether the UPA PM would drop his or not, with the CBI Chargesheet getting ready, he would be forced to be out of the Union Ministry, by the Courts!!

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