Tharoor to Speak in Lok Sabha on IPL

Under fire for his alleged involvement in the Kochi franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor will give a statement on the issue in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

“The members are raising a particular issue. I assure them that the concerned minister will be asked to make the statement after the question hour. He will give his personal explanation in the house during the zero hour (which will begin after 12),” parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told the Lok Sabha amid noisy protests from Left and BJP MPs.

As the Lok Sabha resumed at 11 am on Friday, a day after opposition parties cornered the government on the April 6 Dantewada massacre, opposition members rose to demand an explanation from Tharoor who is alleged to have misused his official position to help his friend Sunanda Pushkar get sweat equity worth Rs 70 crore in the IPL Kochi franchise.

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