Finally Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran has given in to the calling. Offering his resignation just ahead of a cabinet reshuffle, Maran was left with no other choice and the Congress could not help but restrict itself from committing the same folly of shielding the Minister as it had done in case of 2G spectrum accused A Raja. Instead, acting diligently, the government from the onset gestured that any CBI report against Maran will compel it to seek his resignation. Eventually, Maran’s fear came true. However, this shows that the Central government has learnt a lesson from A Raja’s case and is not ready to shield any leader with a tainted image. The Centre should stick to the present attitude as only this can restore its lost credibility. It should also set an example that a party can neither fight against graft nor can improve its image by defending corrupt politicians. The Central government would have been saved from facing embarrassment in the A Raja case had it adopted a stance similar to Maran in the former case. Maran’s resignation clearly indicates that the Congress is nonchalant about DMK’s reaction in this matter. The Congress could have taken this audacious step in case of A Raja when the Opposition was demanding his resignation, however, bemoaning about coalition compulsion it refused to walk on the bold terrain and seek Raja’s resignation. The Congress and the Central government should not make it obvious that in Maran’s case it adopted a strict attitude only because DMK is no longer in power in Tamil Nadu.

With Maran’s resignation, the number of Ministers to be removed from the Cabinet in the last two years has risen to two. The way, first A Raja and then Maran had to quit from the Union Council of Ministers, in no way gives the chance to the Congress to boast that both the ousting was due to its anti-corruption attitude. The message that, the Congress-led UPA government did not stop the leaders of the coalition parties from pursuing their will because its priority is to run the government anyhow, has percolated to common men. The politicians cannot be allowed to wash their hands in corruption in the name of coalition politics. As the Prime Minister himself had mentioned about the compulsion of coalition politics, therefore this leaves no space for doubt that the political party leading the ruling government becomes a victim of blackmailing at the hands of other parties in the coalition. But this does not mean that one should sit helpless doing nothing. If coalition politics has immersed in corruption and unethical conducts then ways should be found out to rein the political system. Isn’t it strange that no initiative is being taken in this direction? The need of the hour is that the ruling government should turn its attention to political reforms. It may be that the Centre is in a safe position today not requiring the support of DMK but the day may not be far when one of its coalition parties will pull it into the quagmire of trouble.