IPL: Don't play for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kingfisher Employees Union urges Yuvraj Singh

In the IPL player auction held in Bangalore this week, Royal Challengers Bangalore, owned by Vijay Mallya, spent a record Rs 14 crore to buy Indian star Yuvraj Singh. Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines employees have not been paid their dues for 18 months.

updated: February 15, 2014 17:12 IST
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God and fate-fearing Yuvraj Singh may face an emotional dilemma once he receives an open letter from the Kingfisher Employees Union that urges him not to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore, an Indian Premier League franchise owned by Vijay Mallya. The liquor baron, who broke his vault to snap up India's 2011 World-Cup hero Yuvraj for a record Rs 14 crore in this week's player auction in Bangalore, also owns the now grounded Kingfisher airlines whose employees have not been paid their dues for 18 months.

According to India Today, the Kingfisher Employees Union has written an open letter that tells Yuvraj to reject Mallya's offer. The letter states: "Dear Mr. Yuvraj, we all the Kingfisher Airlines employees are your fan and not only us but full nation prayed for your speedy recovery from the critical illness and we are happy that you are not only maintaining your form but also progressing in career. Mr. Vijay Mallya has purchased you for 14 crores ...we have not been paid by the Kingfisher Airlines for the last 18 months.

"We have not only exhausted all our savings but also we are under the burden of huge debts which we have taken from our relatives/banks by mortgaging our property/gold. The case is worse for lower staff those who are forced to stay in slums as destitute. Mr. Mallya says that he does not have money to pay us whereas he is spending crores in IPL/Formula 1/Kingfisher Calendars. It's now up to you to decide whether to turn a deaf ear to us and work for such a cruel/inhuman person and to invite negativity to your life or to refuse his employment on moral grounds." (Related: Yuvi's prayers answered as he hits IPL jackpot)

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