Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran's resignation from the central cabinet was long overdue.
Yahoo! had predicted last month that Maran was on his way out. Today, as he drove out of the prime minister's house after putting in his papers, it was clear the Tamil Nadu politician had been forced out. His official Mercedes, with a red beacon, was gone. He drove out in a more modest Honda City. He was smiling, but he knew he could well be driving into political wilderness, or if luck runs out, into jail.
There was a lot going against Maran, but the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had remained reluctant to sack him because of 'coalition compulsions'.
Here's a quick overview of the Maran saga.
Why did he resign?
Maran is a prominent leader of the DMK, a party that has held the telecommunications portfolio at the centre for seven years. Two of his party colleagues are already in jail on charges of selling 2G spectrum cheap and getting huge kickbacks. Maran was the telecommunications minister in