KUALA LUMPUR: Incumbent Wanita MIC chief Datin Paduka Jaya Partiban, despite facing a strong challenge in the elections today, will most likely retain the top post if analyses of party insiders are anything to go by.
Sources said although one of her two challengers Wanita MIC secretary Komala Krishnamoorthy was a credible contender, feedback from the 504 delegates and the response by the MIC branches to their nationwide tours showed that Jaya could be leading the pack.
The third contender, former journalist G. Rajeswari, is set to be the wooden spoon in the contest at the Wanita assembly at the PWTC here today. This is the first ever contest in Wanita MIC since its inception in 1976.
After MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu officiates at the joint MIC Youth, Wanita and Puteri convention, the delegates have to choose whether to retain Jaya for the third term or give Komala, who is also the Education Ministry parliamentary secretary, her first term.
Both the 58-year-old incumbent and Komala, 52, were confident of getting the support of the delegates.
I am confident the delegates will return me based on my track record and services to the party, Jaya said yesterday.
Komala claims to have the support of eight state Wanita chiefs and two former Wanita MIC chiefs.
If I am elected, there will be a new impetus in the movement. I will go down to the grassroots to help the community scale to greater heights, she said.
Perak Wanita chief S. Thangeswari who is Jayas nominee, is challenged by Kedah Wanita chief Saratha Bala from Komalas camp for the number two post which fell vacant after incumbent Kamala Ganapathy became the Kota Raja MIC division chief.
Over at the MIC Youth assembly, there would be less fanfare as incumbent chief S.A. Vigneswaran, who is also the Youth and Sports Ministry parliamentary secretary, and his deputy, S. Ramish were returned unopposed as the youth chief and deputy chief respectively.
Incumbent T. Mohan and Perak Youth chief S. Raj Kumar, endorsed as the wings choice for the two berths in the partys central working committee, look set to be elected with former Youth secretary S. Murugesan expected to be left out.
Johor youth chief M. Asojan said the youth delegates were mature and would definitely support the leaders endorsed by Vigneswaran.
A total of 13 leaders including incumbent P. Kamalanathan and former Malaysian cyclist M. Kumaresan are contesting for the 12 berths in the national Youth council.
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