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JD(U) notice to Vijay Mallya

NEW DELHI JUNE 26. The Janata Dal (United) has served a notice on the Rajya Sabha MP, Vijay Mallya, demanding that he either provide proof for stating that he had "fulfilled the demands'' of the JD (U) MLAs ahead of his election or apologise.

Reacting to Mr. Mallya's purported remarks in an interview to a newspaper in Karnataka, the JD (U) State president, N. Thippanna, has sent a letter to the liquor baron, with a copy to the Election Commission here.

Referring to the interview that appeared on June 22, Mr. Thippanna said that Mr. Mallya had mentioned that he had "fulfilled the conditions and demands of the MLAs especially members of Karnataka Legislative Assembly belonging to the Janata Dal (United) and got himself elected to the Rajya Sabha."

The JD (U) State chief said that Mr. Mallya had also mentioned that in spite of having been instructed by Ramakrishna Hegde to vote and sponsor his candidature for the Rajya Sabha elections, the legislators had "dithered till you fulfilled their demands.''

The party said that it presumes that being an industrialist and a businessman of repute, he has the basic idea of free and unfettered vote which was not available on demand but exercised by free will.

"If what you say was actually meant by you that you have literally bought your seat in the Rajya Sabha by corrupt means and this is a clear violation of act and rules of Representation of the People Act, an offence which is punishable under law,'' the letter said. It said that his statement has put the party legislators under cloud of "making demands and getting them fulfilled in terms of money and otherwise. This is highly serious blot on our party,'' he said. The party asked Mr. Mallya that he provide the names of the JD (U) legislators whose demands were fullfilled and the nature of the demand with quantified expression of the same.

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