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Tharoor thanks fans for kind words in this `time of trial`

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 18:25

New Delhi: After maintaining silence for
days on Twitter, Shashi Tharoor was back, only to thank his
supporters for all the "kind words" at this "time of trial".

Forced to quit as Minister of State for External Affairs
for his controversial role in the IPL Kochi franchise, Tharoor
said "Thank you for all the kind words on

"Means a great deal that so many have reached out to me
at this time of trial."

The tweet comes after his emotional statement in the Lok
Sabha where he said "I have done nothing improper, unethical
and much less illegal.... I have requested the Prime Minister
to investigate thoroughly the charges against me."

This was his first comment on the social networking site
in last five days. His last tweet was on April 16.

Tharoor had to resign after IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi
alleged that he had asked him not to reveal the names of Kochi
franchise stakeholders which included that of Sunanda Pushkar,
a close friend of the former minister.

Tharoor was accused by the opposition of misusing his
official position to procure a sweat equity worth Rs 70 crore
for Sunanda.

The charge was denied both by Tharoor and Sunanda. Later,
she returned her share and quit the franchise.

The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram has nearly 7.5
lakh followers in his Twitter account.

Meanwhile, an on-line campaign to gather support for
Tharoor has been launched. The site --
-- has received nearly 12,000 `pledges` of support.


First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 18:25

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