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Tharoor under pressure over IPL controversy

Indian junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor is under pressure to step down after the controversy surrounding the ownership of Kochi IPL franchise showed no signs of abating.

Although Tharoor has no stake in the franchise the junior foreign minister helped put together the consortium that brought the Kochi team which is in the state of Kerala which Tharoor represents in parliament.

The controversy was created by IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi who announced via twitter the names of the people involved in the franchise. Although Tharoor wasnít mentioned a woman, Sunanda Pushkar, who Indian media are reporting to be his girlfriend was given a free stake in the new franchise.

Indiaís main opposition party Bharatiya Janata has demanded Tharoor resign after Pushkar, a Dubai-based businesswoman was given a free stake worth 15 million dollars.

Tharoor has denied any allegations of wrong doing saying that he hasnít invested any money in the franchise or received any payments for the help he gave putting together the consortium

"Whatever my personal relationships with any of the consortium members, I do not intend to benefit in any way financially from my association with the team now or at a later stage," he said.

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