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Tuesday May 28, 2013 MYT 10:03:00 AM
Thursday July 25, 2013 MYT 10:06:31 AM
by a. letchumanan
KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territory MIC has endorsed statechairman Datuk M. Saravanan to contest for the deputy president post in the party polls next year.
Its secretary S. Rajah said the 12 divisions in Federan Territory has unanimously decided to give their support for Saravanan, who is also MP for Tapah in Perak.
"The divisions will stand by him (Saravanan). We wil give him all the support," he told reporters here yesterday.
Also present were division chairmen as well as representatives of the other divisions.
Rajah was commenting on reports that Saravanan, who is currently an MIC vice president, would contest for the deputy presidents post.
It has also been reported that deputy president Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam will mount a challenge against Datuk Seri G Palanivel for the president's post.
If true, this will be the first time in 20 years that there is a contest for the president' s post since incumbent Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu was challenged by Kapar division chairman S. Subramaniam, better known as Jumbo Maniam in 1993.
Rajah said Saravanan who rose through the rank and file in the party, has the necessary experience and capability to hold the number two post in the party.
On whether the FT MIC supported Palanivel for the presidents post, Rajah said the state liaision committee would abide by the decision made by Saravanan.
"We are firm that we will follow the decision made by Saravanan. At the moment, we have reserved our support," he said.
He said the FT MIC has not deliberated on a resolution to pledge support for Palanivel although Selangor and Penang had pledged their support to the president.
The last presidential elections was held in 2009 where Samy Vellu won without a contest but he handed over to Palanivel in Dec 2010.
The presidential elections were scheduled last year but the party's central working committee decided to postpone it to concentrate on the general elections.
In a CWC meeting last Friday, the party decided to conduct the party polls for the branches, division, president and other posts next year.
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