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Kochi IPL row: Shashi Tharoor axed

Kochi IPL row: Shashi Tharoor axed

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, who was under the scanner for his alleged involvement in the Kochi IPL cricket franchise bid, submitted his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers late on Sunday night to the Prime Minister, who forwarded it to the President recommending that it may be accepted. President Pratibha Patil has accepted the resignation.

Amid mounting political pressure, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh summoned the first-time Minister to his residence after a meeting of the Congress Core Group, and asked him to step down.

Tharoor’s fate was sealed at a one-on-one meeting between Dr. Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi just before the meeting of the Core Group of senior Ministers.

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