Shashi Tharoor resigned

via With Media Inputs published on April 18, 2010

New Delhi: Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs, on Sunday night resigned from the Union cabinet after days of relentless controversy over his alleged involvement in the bidding for an IPL team.

Tharoor was accused of helping his friend, businesswoman Sunanda Pushkar, in acquiring a stake in the Kochi IPL team. Pushkar, who has a sweat equity valued at Rs 70 crore in the IPL Kochi franchise, announced earlier in the day that she had resigned from Rendezvous Sports World, which is one of the stakeholders in IPL Kochi.

Parliament was paralysed on Friday with the opposition demanding Tharoor’s resignation. It had also given enough hints that it would continue to rock Parliament on the issue if Tharoor was not not sacked. BJP had made it clear earlier that nothing less than the resignation of Tharoor will acceptable as the matter was now of “stinking corruption”.

“This is a serious issue which involves ministers and officials. At a time when the country was facing price rise, Maoist problem and terror threat, they are busy converting IPL into an agency for looting public money. Tharoor is a small fry. There are many other players. A correct picture should be presented before the people,” told BJP senior leader Murali Manohar Joshi

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