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PM mum on 'arm twisting' allegation against Dayanidhi Maran

Written by: Staff
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Chennai, May 4 (UNI) Contrary to expectations, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today avoided touching the 'TATA DTH controversy' surrounding Union Information Technology and Communicatons Minister Dayanidhi Maran at the election meeting on the Island grounds tonight.

With the allegations in a section of the media that Mr Dayanidhi Maran had 'arm twisted' the Tatas to part with 30 per cent of stakes in DTH licence for his family-run private channel 'Sun TV' and fostering the 'growth' of the channel using his clout as a Union Minister, the media personnel were in anticipation that Dr Singh would come out with a clarification.

However, the much expected clarification did not come about.

For, during his speech in English, which was translated into Tamil for the benefit of the crowd, Dr Singh only praised sky high the 'calibre of the 13 ministers of Tamil Nadu in his cabinet.

Sharing the dais with DMK President M Karunanidhi and Mr Dayanidhi Maran, the Prime Minister said ''for the first time, Tamil Nadu has such a powerful and significant representation''.

''The Ministers from Tamil Nadu are of proven calibre like Thiru P.Chidambaram, Thiru Manishankar Iyer, Thiru T R Baalu and the young and dynamic Thiru Maran.'' ''Several other young leaders also hold positions of importance'', the Prime Minister added.

''We are all aware of the progressive vision they have brought ensuring development of Tamil Nadu as well as the nation'', Dr Singh observed.

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