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PM should sack Tharoor: Advani

Last Updated: Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 21:25

New Delhi: BJP parliamentary party head LK
Advani on Saturday demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sack
Shashi Tharoor in the wake of his getting embroiled in Kochi
IPL team ownership controversy alleging the Minister of State
for External Affairs had committed "gross impropriety".

Speaking at a function here today, Advani also asked for
a thorough probe in all aspects of IPL bidding and also
investigate whether foreign funds were involved in it.

"The Prime Minister must drop Shashi Tharoor, Minister
of State for External Affairs, from the Council of Ministers
because of gross impropriety unbecoming of the office he is
occupying," Advani said.

He demanded that it also needs to be probed whether
Tharoor is also guilty of abusing his office to secure
pecuniary advantage for himself or "for some other person".

BJP had earlier stalled Parliament on the issue and
demanded that the Prime Minister should, immediately after his
return from abroad, explain why Tharoor had still not
resigned.

"The government should conduct a thorough probe into all
aspects of the IPL bidding and ensure that all transactions
in this popular tournament remain above board. No wrong-doer
must be spared," Advani said.

Other demands of the veteran BJP leader include a look
at the tax haven accounts of bidders and others associated
with IPL.

"The Prime Minister must share with the country the
outcome of his government’s negotiations with countries in
whose banks Indian wealth is known to be stashed away,"
Advani said, broadening the focus of his demands to include
his pet issue of Indian black money stashed abroad.

He lamented that the weaknesses in our current economic
system have made it possible for dishonest and unscrupulous
people to amass huge wealth by bending and flouting the laws
of the land.

"They are using even a popular sport like cricket for
scandalous self-enrichment," he said.

"News about the IPL raises suspicions that many of the
bidders have been registered in obscure tax havens abroad. It
is precisely the secret or benami accounts in these tax havens
that have been used for stashing away lakhs of crores of
Indian money abroad," Advani insisted.

During the last Lok Sabha elections, BJP had raised the
issue of Indian black money kept in foreign tax havens.

"The Prime Minister promised action in this regard.
within one hundred days of assuming office. But even after the
lapse of nearly one year, nothing has happened," Advani said.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 21:25

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