Biography of Dayanidhi Maran

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Minister of Textiles Dayanidhi Maran Biography
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Dayanidhi Maran (born December 5, 1966, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India) is the Union minister for Textiles, a member of parliament in India’s 15th Lok Sabha from Chennai Central constituency. He was also a member of Parliament in 15th Lok sabha as the Minister for textiles in the Union Cabinet.

Dayanidhi Maran is the son of Late Mr. Murasoli Maran and the grandnephew of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi. He is the younger brother of Kalanidhi Maran, the founder and managing director of Sun Network, the group that owns and operates the largest number of satellite television channels in southern India in four languages. He is a graduate in economics.

Dayanidhi Maran is an Amateur Radio Operator. His HAM Radio Callsign is VU2DMK. He went to School at Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai.

Contested as a DMK party candidate to the 14th Lok Sabha from Central Chennai Constituency in Chennai in the State of Tamil Nadu in Parliamentary Elections held in April – May 2004 and elected as a Member of Parliament by winning with a margin of over 1,34,000 votes and securing over 62% of the votes polled.

Dayanidhi Maran was appointed Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology from 26 May 2004.

As of 2004, he is an Indian millionaire having declared assets of 16 million Indian rupees (approx. 360,000 US dollars).
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Dayanidhi Maran Achievements

Maran reduced the mobile and landline call rates drastically during his tenure as Union IT and Communications minister. During his period the growth of Internet Subscribers including Broadband was higher.

Dayanidhi Maran Controversy

  • Maran has been accused of demanding the Tatas 33.33% shares from the Tata-Rupert Murdoch DTH project (Tata Sky) for the Sun Network.
  • In reply, he has asked the news papers which have published the report to apologize and threatened to go to court seeking compensation of Rs. 1 crore for personality damage from Indian Express, Thina Mani and Jaya TV.
  • In May 2007 the Tamil daily newspaper, Dinakaran, owned by his brother Kalanithi Maran, published a survey whose results declared that 70% of the people of Tamil Nadu favoured Karunanidhi’s younger son M.K. Stalin as his likely successor as against 2% for Stalin’s elder brother M.K. Azhagiri.

This resulted in M.K.Azhagiri’s supporters burning down the office of Dinakaran in the city of Madurai that resulted in the death of 3 employees and injuries to several others.

These series of events resulted in Karunanidhi removing Maran from his position as Union Minister. The Prime Minister refused to dismiss him, and the situation was not resolved till Maran himself resigned on 13 May.