Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Maran 'moles' in Tamil Nadu!

When I first read about the problems former cabinet minister Dayanidhi Maran was having with TN CM M Karunanidhi, I got the impression it was a terrible misunderstanding. It was the result of an impersonal opinion poll carried by a newspaper that happened to belong to the Maran family. The sort of misunderstanding you read about in works of fiction. But the way the episode is developing, there seems to be a great deal more to it than meets the eye.

Rediff carries a story that mentions, among other things, that Karunanidhi knew about the opinion poll and advised the Marans to stop the publication of it but his plea went unheeded. The story also brings about how suspicions between the Karunanidhi and Maran camps has been building up for a while.

Asian Age now carries a report saying that the TN government is now trying to hunt out Maran 'moles' amongst the state IAS and IPS officers!

A list of Tamil Nadu IAS and IPS officers reported to be close to former Union minister for IT and communications Dayanadhi Maran, who has fallen out with his grand-uncle, chief minister M. Karunanidhi, is being prepared on the instructions of the DMK top brass, according to official sources.This secret exercise by senior officials is being carried out to weed out potential "moles" of the Maran family in the corridors of power, the sources said.

A number of officers had managed to get transfers and postings by flaunting their
association with Mr Maran over the last year after the DMK government came to
power, pointed out an official, who said that all of them could be shifted very soon


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