Tharoor has ‘hidden agenda’: Modi
New Delhi: Embattled IPL commissioner Lalit Modi again took a dig at MoS Shashi Tharoor on Friday, saying that the minister has ‘hidden agenda’ which is the reason behind the entire Kochi row.
“Shashi Tharoor has a different agenda and that agenda will be shut down,” said Modi while talking to a news channel.
Modi further said that Tharoor wants the team to be based in Abu Dhabi, which he wouldn`t allow.
"I can`t understand why the team needs to be in Abu Dhabi. Shashi Tharoor`s agenda will be shut down, believe me," said Modi.
Brushing aside all media reports that said Modi may step down from the post of IPL Commissioner and that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar may be appointed as the Co-Chairman of IPL, Modi said: "I am the IPL Chairman and will stay on."
He also said neither the IPL shareholders nor the BCCI knew who Sunanda Pushkar was, and did not care who she was.
It may be recalled that the media had said that Pushkar had acquired Rs 70 crore equity in the Kochi IPL franchise.
About the reported intention to shift the Kochi IPL franchise to Abu Dhabi, Modi said that the "IPL is an Indian League and no IPL team would be allowed to establish a base outside India."
Meanwhile, Tharoor has said that he did not misuse his official position and has no role in the Indian Premier League (IPL) bidding process.
"My ministerial position irrelevant," said Tharoor, adding that he had no role in the Kochi IPL consortium.
A private television channel quoted Tharoor as saying that his role was that of an informal mentor, adding that an IPL team is the dream of many cricket lovers in Kerala.
"The notion of proxy for me is insulting," said Tharoor, adding that the reference to Sunanda Pushkar has hurt him.
"I was in no position to influence the bid," said Tharoor, asserting that money was never a motivating factor for him.
Tharoor is reportedly in trouble after Modi tweeted to reveal that Sunanda Pushkar, a close associate of Tharoor, had been gifted equity worth Rs 70 crores in the new Kochi team which was sold for Rs 1530 crores last month.
Modi in his email to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Shashank Manohar had stated it was Tharoor who called him and instructed him not to reveal the identities of the stakeholders of the Kochi IPL franchisee.
Tharoor, however, has denied pressurising Modi.
Tharoor said he had ``enough`` of the controversy and went on to deny any monetary interest in the Kochi IPL team.
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