Minister at centre of Kochi franchise row resigns
Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has resigned from his position in the government following his public spat with IPL commissionor Lalit Modi over his role in the Kochi franchise.
Tharoor met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh twice this afternoon and after meaning with other senior figures he offered his resignation which was accepted.
The Minister of State for External Affairs said he’s continuation in office was embarrassing the party and stalling the work of Parliament.
"His resignation has been accepted," said a government source, "but it should not be seen as endorsing the charges against him as an inquiry is under way."
The disclosure of the owners of the Kochi franchise by Modi last weekend of caused a war of words with Tharoor who claimed Modi was trying to discredit the team and create reasons to disqualify it so that the franchise can be awarded elsewhere.
The Junior foreign minister helped Rendezvous sports during the bidding process and although Tharoor has no stake in the franchise he said the Kochi team had bid in an "open and transparent" manner.
"Their unexpected success upset the plans of a lot of powerful people, who had wanted the franchise to go elsewhere".
"The unethical efforts that have been made by Mr Modi and others to thwart the Kerala franchise which has been won fair and square in a transparent bidding process are disgraceful," he added.
As the week as gone more and more detail have emerged about Tharoor’s relationship with Sunanda Pushkar, a Dubai-based business women who was given a 5 percent shae in the new franchise.