New Delhi: Opposition on Sunday night hailed Shashi Tharoor's resignation as Union Minister saying his position had become "untenable" in the wake of the Kochi IPL ownership controversy.
"Tharoor's position had become untenable and it was only appropriate that he resigned. There was so much evidence against him. The lady giving back her equity does not absolve him of the charges," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.
CPI leader D Raja said that the exit of Tharoor became inevitable and Congress should have taken a decision long back when the controversy exploded.
Since there were serious allegations of Tharoor's involvement in the Kochi IPL franchise, his continuance in the government became untenable. The reported decision of Sunanda Pushkar surrendering her stake is itself "an admission of guilt", he said.
The entire IPL functioning and its accountability needed to be probed and the role of of this sports ministry will have to be redefined so that a regulator is created to monitor, Raja demanded.
Congress Spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said the government has taken the "correct moral stand".
"Congress has nothing to do with the IPL. It was an issue of an individual minister. The Party has acted with utmost restraint. It went through a very decent process by which it collected facts and a final view was taken by the Prime Minister," she said.