Liquor baron Vijay Mallya was today removed from the post of Working President of Janata Party after he filed nomination for Rajya Sabha elections with the support of JD(S).
Subramanian Swamy, president of Janata Party, said in a statement that the Karnataka state unit has also been dissolved.
"By the authority vested in me under the Janata Party Constitution, I am removing Mallya from the post of Working President of Janata Party. He was appointed ad-hoc in 2002 to this post," Swamy said.
He said Mallya has been a "sleeping non-working" office-bearer since 2004 and his accepting the support of JD(S) for the Rajya Sabha candidacy disqualifies him from being a member of Janata Party.
"The Central Parliamentary Board will meet in Chennai on June 14 and will consider a resolution to remove Mallya from the primary membership of the party," Swamy said.