Sunday, April 18, 2010

Shashi Tharoor resigned over ipl controversy

Shashi Tharoor resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs Sunday night after the high-level Congress Core Group decided that he should quit in the wake of controversy over the IPL Kochi franchise, capping a week-long drama that threatened to suck the government and the party into it.

54-year old Tharoor, a newcomer to politics from international diplomacy, was summoned by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his residence late Sunday night and asked to tender his resignation.

"Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs has submitted his resignation from the Council of Ministers to the Prime Minister Shashi Tharoor resigned today. The Prime Minister has forwarded his resignation letter to the President with a recommendation that it be accepted," PMO spokesman said.

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