With the Congress swamped under a flood of corruption scandals and other scams during its tenure, this latest report on Maran will act as a severe blow to the UPA. With A Raja earlier and now Dayanidhi Maran too getting entangled in the telecom scam, the Congress will be pressurised to take action.
Meanwhile, the voices seeking the ouster of Maran seem to be getting louder, the most prominent of which is that of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. She was quoted as saying, “There is no use in expecting Maran to take moral responsibility and resign. It is high time that the PM dropped him from the Cabinet."
The Opposition, BJP has also upped the ante in the anti-Maran campaign with party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman stating, “Maran's position in the Cabinet has become untenable and he has to resign." The BJP intends to raise the matter in the Parliament's monsoon session.
Maran was accused of pressurising former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran to sell his stake to a Malaysian businessman T Anandkrishnan. He is also facing the CBI music for purposely delaying granting licenses to Aircel in spite of getting a clearance from the Department of Telecommunications. He is believed to have sat on the report and held the matter to ransom till the Aircel chief obliged to his demands. The CBI apparently seem to have enough evidence to prove this.
The Congress has not issued a statement after Maran was named in the CBI report.