New Delhi, Apr 13: The battle between Shashi Tharoor and Lalit Modi has spilled over to the political arena with rivals Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress exchanging bitter words over the Indian Premier League (IPL) controversy.
Besides demanding that the Minister of State for External Affairs should be sacked, the BJP on Tuesday, Apr 13 demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the 'misuse' of power.
While speaking to reporters during the daily briefing, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Today, I am not talking about IPL, the Indian Premier League, but I am talking about CPL, the Corruption Premier League."
"The Prime Minister must sack Shashi Tharoor and entire nature of this transaction must be investigated by the CBI," he added.
Attacking the minister for uinappropriately using his power to secure investment of his friend Sunanda Pushkar in the IPL Kochi team, the spokesperson said, “From twitter to corruption is the migration of this enfant terrible of the Congress party."
Tharoor landed in the IPL trouble after IPL commission Lalit Modi revealed the names of the owners of the consortium and alleged that the minister had asked him to not to ask details about the shareholders.
The controversy further deepened on the reports that Tharoor and Sunanda are set to get married.
“The issue is a question of propriety and conduct of the Minister of the Government of India. The issue is a question that involves blatant abuse of authority of the minister and public accountability of a minister," Mr Prasad remarked.
Maintaining a thank-you-for-suggestion attitude, Congress spokesperson, Shakeel Ahmed ruled out the possibility of sacking the Union Minister. He said that it is left to the authorities related to cricket to look into the matter.