Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said he will talk to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the controversy surrounding his alleged involvement in the IPL Kochi franchise.
“Obviously, I will be certainly conveying all of this to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is busy doing important work for the country, when he comes back. I have already asked to see him,” Tharoor said in an interview with NDTV.
Tharoor said: “I would very much like to talk to him on all that has happened. And certainly the congress president (Sonia Gandhi) is my party leader and I would like to place myself at her disposal."
Tharoor has been in the midst of a controversy after Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi claimed that the minister's close friend Sunanda Pushkar had equity share in a company that is part of the consortium which got the IPL Kochi franchise.
Modi also alleged that Tharoor had asked him not to reveal the ownership of the company that won the bid.
“In fact, the fact of the matter is I have done nothing wrong. I stand with my head held high,” he added.
On being asked whether he is prepared to face opposition in parliament that is reconvening Thursday, Tharoor said: “Yes. We will see. I respect parliament. It is the temple of our democracy.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh commented for the first time since the controversy broke out two days ago.
“I don't have all the facts. When I go back, I will get the facts and will take action... if required," Manmohan Singh told journalists in Washington.
"We can't go by hearsay and media reports."
The opposition has been demanding Tharoor's resignation alleging that he misused his official position to secure a stake in the multi-crore rupee IPL deal for Pushkar.