The power of this blog!!! Ministers who don’t listen to the “recommendations” spouting from the “tree of infinite wisdom” loose their jobs.
For once, Mr Maran has been divested of his portfolio. The quick turn of events was reported by The Tribune (and other major publications).
“As Dayananidhi Maran’s recent approach and activities have been violative of party discipline and have brought defame to the party, the administrative committee has decided to urge party president M Karunanidhi and general secretary E Anbazhagan to take necessary steps to get him removed from the Union Cabinet,” a resolution adopted at the meeting said.
The Tribune further reported,
A greenhorn in politics, Dayananidhi Maran was brought into the party just ahead of 2004 Lok Sabha elections after his father’s death in late 2003. He contested successfully from Central Madras Lok Sabha seat and was made a cabinet minister and given a plum portfolio straight away.
This was done at the behest of his uncle who is known as the “king maker” in political circles.
There are no tears shed for him. He refused to listen to the people and instead went off dictating this department as his own small little fiefdom. Curiously, IBN reported the following (trust them to be anti national any day):
Dayanidhi Maran’s exit from the Union Cabinet as Communications and IT Minister may mean an end to many of his polices that were in the offing, including abolishing roaming charges on mobile phones from June 3. He was recognised for hard-selling India to global telecom and IT equipment manufacturers, getting Nokia to set up a manufacturing unit in India, along with Ericsson and Motorola. His other policies in the pipeline including measures to provide cheaper bandwidth, broadband services and roaming rates, bringing about the 3G policy and divert Internet traffic within the country by hosting servers in India may take a hit with his resignation.
Nothing could be far from truth. Nokia had to set up a plant somewhere in India, only to scale up to the increasing competition of cheaper mobiles from across the border and to maintain it’s “dominance” in the Indian market. The only way to reduce the excise of the imported mobile handsets was to set up a “re packaging” unit. None of the high end work of “design” of the internals has been shifted to India. But then, trust these morons to report with factual inaccuracies.
The policies in the pipeline were to provide cheaper bandwidth Folks! What the F he was doing all the time when he had the resources at his disposal?
3G policy is a babu decision and in any case, the telecom majors were planning “better voice services” instead of the “wireless broadband” at the go. Pure crap.
As for diverting the traffic within India, I believe that this was continuation of the previous incumbent in NDA and they had initiated the process. The exact details elude me though here. Still, it is safe to assume that he had not done anything during his tenure.
I usually don’t report on the political events and so far have refrained from commenting directly on what goes on in the heart of Dravidian politics. I have no clue whether he would be brought back to his current portfolio or not. Who would, in that case, pick up this plum job? So far, there have been no indications.
(The picture taken from the website of Ministry of Communications)
The picture has been taken a day AFTER Mr Maran lost his job in the cabinet but the official website still shows him as the man on the job!