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Published: Friday April 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 1:00:19 AM

GE13: Uthayakumar to contest as an Independent if Pakatan does not accept him as candidate

PETALING JAYA: The general election in Selangor is going to be “hotter” with Hindraf planning to contest three parliamentary and five state seats here.

Hindraf founder and Human Rights Party protem secretary-general P. Uthayakumar said he would contest the Kota Raja parliamentary and Sri Andalas state seats.

Kota Raja and Sri Andalas, currently held by PAS and PKR, were previously MIC strongholds.

Uthayakumar, who shot to prominence after leading the Hindraf street protests in 2007, said he would contest as an Independent if Pakatan Rakyat did not accept him as its candidate.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, he said the movement would also contest the Kuala Selangor and Kelana Jaya parliamentary and Ijok, Sri Muda, Bukit Melawati and Seri Setia state seats. “The candidates will be revealed after the Election Commission has announced the nomination date,” he said.

The ban imposed on Hindraf in 2008 was lifted in January this year, but the movement has yet to be registered as an organisation.

Uthayakumar denied there was a rift within the movement and blamed Pakatan Rakyat for the controversy over why its leaders met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last week, saying the Opposition alliance had rejected Hindraf's blueprint.

“Our preference is Pakatan, but Pakatan does not want us.”

The movement's stand, Uthayakumar explained, was not to support Barisan Nasional but said Hindraf “will not take responsibility if Pakatan does not deliver”.

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