IPL row: NCP rules out Patel, Pawar resignation

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IPL row: NCP rules out Patel, Pawar resignation
New Delhi, Apr 22: Coming in defence of Union Ministers Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel, the NCP on Thursday, Apr 22, dismissed a possible resignation by the two ministers over the IPL controversy.

Party spokesman DP Tripathi said that Patel had done nothing wrong in forwarding projections of new franchisee valuations to Tharoor ahead bid for two new IPL teams, which helped the Kochi team in winning the bid.

Asked about Sadanand Sule, son-in-law of Pawar and husband of NCP MP Supriya Sule, reported share of 10 pc in the Multi Screen Media (formerly Sony Entertainment Television), which holds the boradcasting right of IPL, Tripathi said "he does not own a share in the company."

Tripathi said that Sadanand was involved with the Sony Television even before the IPL came into existence.

On whether, Patel and Pawar too would quit office like Tharoor, Tripathi said that such move is unnecessary.

"No political party has made such a demand. There is no basis for it. There is no question," the NCP spokesman said.

Tripathi said that NCP was not adopting any double standards by ruling out possible resignation by the two ministers.

"NCP has its own standards," Tripathi said.

He upheld the Prime Minister's decision to accept Tharoor's resignation.

"We stand by the decision of the Prime Minister in the case of Tharoor," he said.

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