| Manmohan Singh|
1 son and 1 daughter
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
| Murasoli Maran|
| 5 December 1966 (age 49)
Tamil Nadu, India (1966-12-05) |
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Priya Dayanidhi Maran (m. 1994)
Murasoli Maran, Mallika Maran
Kalanithi Maran, Murasoli Maran, Karunanidhi, A Raja, Chinnakannan Sivasankaran
Dayanidhi Maran (born 5 December 1966) is an Indian politician and one of the prominent members of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. He was elected twice as a Member of Parliament to India's Lok Sabha from Chennai Central constituency during the 2004 general elections and 2009 general elections.
He is the son of Late Mr. Murasoli Maran and the grandnephew of DMK president M Karunanidhi. He is the younger brother of Kalanidhi Maran, the founder and managing director of Sun Network. He is married to Priya, and has a daughter and a son. Maran has wide exposure in the fields of media, television, cable technology, political economy and management on account of his visiting seminar and conference in various countries. Maran has interest in playing golf, cricket and tennis.
Dayanidhi is the second son of ex-minister Murasoli Maran, who had been the Commerce and Industrial minister. He is also the grandnephew of DMK president and ex-chief minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi. He is the younger brother of Kalanidhi Maran, the founder and managing director of Sun Network. He had his schooling with Don Bosco, Egmore, Chennai. He received initial education in Tamil Nadu and graduated in Economics from Loyola College in Chennai. He also attended the "Owner /President Management Programme" (OPM) from Harvard Business School (USA). Dayanidhi is married to Priya and the pair have a daughter named Divya and a son named Karan.
He contested from Central Chennai Constituency in Tamil Nadu as a DMK party candidate and been elected twice during the 2004 and 2009 elections as member of parliament. During the 2004 elections, his winning margin was over 134,000 votes and he received 62% of the total votes polled. He was appointed as Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology on 26 May 2004. During his tenure as IT and Telecommunication Minister the call rates of mobiles and landlines were drastically reduced which in-turn influenced the growth of subscriptions. During the tenure, he was instrumental in garnering a large amount of Foreign Direct Investments into Communication and Information Technology Sector. Many multinational telecom companies including Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson, Flextronics and Dell set up units in the country. His ministry introduced "One Rupee One India" plan across the country, which enabled calls across the country at a rate of 1 ₹ per minute. His ministry set and achieved a target of 250 million connections in Dec 2007 to December 2010, against 75 million in May 2004. He resigned from the post following the family feud due to Dinakaran attack case.
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