KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu is keeping in suspense many hopefuls who are bidding to become endorsed candidates in the contest for the 23 Central Working Committee (CWC) seats in the MIC party elections next month.
“I have only endorsed deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam and three vice-presidents, Datuk S. Veerasingam, Datuk G. Palanivel and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar,” Samy Vellu said.
Among those said to be “young” hopefuls were James Selvaraj, lawyer S. Murugavel and Selangor MIC Youth chief N. Rawisandran who were no longer eligible to hold positions in the Youth wing.
Other aspirants include former MIC Youth treasurer S. Manivasagam, incumbents Datuk Chandrasekhar Suppiah, Sungkai state assemblyman R. Ganesan, Johor state chairman Datuk S. Balakrishnan and state treasurer Datuk S. Balakrishnan and Negri Sembilan state chairman T. Rajagopalu.
A party observer said Samy Vellu would be having a difficult time in trying to find a mixed blend of experienced and young leaders in his team for the CWC.
“He (Datuk Seri) can’t ask some of the loyalists who had been sitting in the CWC for a few terms to step down. It has to come out of their own free will,” he said.
Several hopefuls have been carrying out intense lobbying, making their presence felt in the various state MIC conventions officiated by Samy Vellu.
They have been among the first to greet Samy Vellu as he arrives at the hall or departs from the conventions in Selangor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Johor and Malacca state conventions.
The observer said even the way Samy Vellu responds or shakes hand with a leader is read as a signal whether the person stood a chance.
“The fate of all these people depends on whether they were included in the endorsed line-up,” he said.