Rejecting speculation that Shashi Tharoor was asked to step down during his meeting with senior Ministers Pranab Mukherjee and A.K. Antony, sources close to the Minister of State for External Affairs said on Wednesday night that the things were “okay” on the issue.

“Things are okay,” a source close to Mr. Tharoor said reacting to a question whether the Minister was asked to put in his papers.

Mr. Tharoor, who earlier in the evening ruled out his resignation on the IPL issue saying he had not done anything wrong or misused office, met the two ministers at Mr. Mukherjee's residence for nearly an hour after which he left without speaking to waiting media persons.

The meeting came after the Congress Core Group headed by party chief Sonia Gandhi met to discuss the strategy in Parliament on the eve of resumption of the Budget Session.

Both the BJP and Left parties have demanded his dismissal. The BJP-led NDA met in the evening and demanded action against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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