April 19, 2010

Shashi Tharoor forced to resign over IPL row

Shashi Tharoor was tonight forced to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs in the wake of a raging controversy over IPL Kochi team, ending a week-long political drama that threatened to sully the image of the government and the Congress.

His resignation came on a day of hectic activities when the Congress Core Group headed by Sonia Gandhi that met at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sealed his fate.     

Tharoor becomes the first minister in UPA-II to go out under the cloud corruption in the wake of allegations that he misused office to get Rs.70 crore worth sweat equity for his friend Sunanda Pushkar from IPL Kochi team owners.

"Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs has submitted his resignation from the Council of Ministers to the Prime Minister today.