June 26, 2008
The rift between the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi and his cousins — the Marans — has once again come to the forefront after arch rival – Jayalaithaa – was given extensive coverage in ‘Dinakaran’ — a newspaper run by the Maran family.
The move by the Marans has not gone very well with DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, who has issued a diktat to all the party cadres through the DMK mouthpiece – the ‘Murasoli’ — not to associate with the ‘Dinakaran’, the newspaper run by Marans.
The said development is likely to rule out any patch up between Karunanidhi and his estranged nephews — the Marans.
The buzz in Chennai political circles over the growing proximity of the Marans and Jayalalithaa has been gaining credence after Jaya’s articles were published regularly in ’Dinakaran’. DMK’s diktat has also pointed out the coverage given to Jayalalitha on ‘Sun TV’, a television channel run by Marans.
Reacting to the coverage given to Jayalalithaa by Marans in their newspaper and the TV channel, Cho Ramaswamy, political commentator and Editor, ’Tuglaq’ said:”Earlier, the Marans’ newspaper and TV channel were the mouthpiece of the DMK, however, now they have become independent. Marans covering Jayalaithaa in their newspaper and channel is a welcome change.”
Dayanidhi Maran seems to be getting close to Jayalalithaa as the TV channel ‘SUN TV’ and the daily ‘Dinakaran’ have been giving generous coverage to Jayalalitha.
On Jayalalitha’s birthday in February, over 20 advertisements featuring her were published in ‘Dinakaran’. Her prescence on ‘SUN TV’ has also increased with her smiling face being flashed often.
Meanwhile, the Marans have reacted to the diktat by Karunanidhi.
Sources within the Dinakaran told TIMES NOW that the newspaper clearly has the maximum circulation in Tamil Nadu and has always covered all parties and personalities equally.
“Our editorial policy has never changed,” they claimed.
Cable 'war' dashes rapproachement chances between Marans, TN CM
Chennai (PTI): The ongoing cable TV 'war' between Maran brothers and M K Azhagiri, Madurai-based son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, has further intensified the feud between the two families, dashing chances of rapproachement.
SCV, run by Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi, grandnephews of Karunanidhi, has not given its feed to the Royal Cable TV (RCTV), launched recently by Azhagri's son in Madurai.
As a result, viewers, whose cable operators had switched over to the RCTV in and around the city, are unable to watch popular channels like the Sun TV and KTV beamed by the Marans' SUN TV network.
Piqued by the 'non-cooperation' of SCV, of which former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran is the Managing Director, the RCTV moved the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seeking a direction to SCV to supply the feed. But the application was withdrawn as TRAI felt it lacked material.
AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, who never misses an opportunity to take on her arch political rival Karunanidhi, issued a statement, condemning Azhagiri for 'intimidiating other cable TV operators not to beam SUN TV programmes and alleged that the people of Madurai were living in fear.
Her statement was given a prominent display in the Tamil daily Dinakaran, owned by the Maran brothers, which reportedly angered Karunanidhi.
Consequently, the DMK high command issued a statement on June 26, ordering partymen not to have any truck with the daily and not to give news or advertisements to it.