KUALA LUMPUR: At least three of the seven Bukit Bintang MIC delegates are expected to go for posts in the June party elections.
Division chief Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan, the national information chief, has announced his bid for a vice-president's post while secretary V.M. Gunasegaran and assistant secretary James Selvaraj want to contest the Central Working Committee (CWC) posts.
Besides Teagarajan, who is also Federal Territory MIC chief, two other incumbents state deputy chief Datuk Chandrasekhar Suppiah and state secretary Senator M. Saravanan are expected to defend their CWC seats.
The division Wanita chief Rajeswari Ganesan created a ruffle when she announced last Sunday that she wanted to challenge incumbent Datin Paduka Jaya Partiban for the Wanita MIC chief's post on June 11.
Rajeswari said she was contesting against the two-time Wanita chief as there was a need for the women to be given the freedom to express their views openly.
If a contest materialises, it would be the first time that there would be an election in the women's wing. In the last two elections, contests were averted through negotiations.
Although most of the state Wanita chiefs have come out in support of Jaya, Rajeswari said she had received encouraging response from the ground.
I believe there are many who are unhappy with the way the Wanita MIC is run and would support me at the assembly, she said when contacted.
Teagarajan is also facing an uphill task in trying to unseat the official line-up proposed by MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu on June 24.
Incumbents Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk S. Veerasingam, Subang MP Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar, and MIC secretary-general Datuk S. Sothinathan are the president's choice.
Former MIC vice-president Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan has declared his intention to contest for a vice-president's post while another former state assemblyman E.M. Yohevel is assessing the support before making a decision.
James Selvaraj is making a second attempt to get into the CWC after failing in 2003 while for Gunasegaran it would be his first attempt to get into national politics.
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