KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MIC secretary Komala Krishnamoorthy upset incumbent Datin Paduka Jaya Partiban to win the top post in the movement.
The 52-year-old Komala, who is also Education Ministry parliamentary secretary, received 259 votes while Jaya, who has been Wanita MIC chief since 1999, garnered 201 votes.
Bukit Bintang division Wanita chief G. Rajeswari received five votes while nine votes were spoilt.
Immediately after the counting, jubilant supporters of Komala cheered while the vanquished Jaya and her team members were in tears.
When asking the delegates to give a standing ovation to Jaya, party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said: “You don’t have to be sad. Politics is never permanent. I will also go through this one day. You have done your best.”
Samy Vellu, also consoled Jaya, by saying that she had contributed a lot to the Wanita movement.
Jaya’s running mate, Perak Wanita chief G. Thangeswari secured 239 votes, 10 more than Komala’s choice, Kedah Wanita chief Saratha Balan for the post of deputy.
Federal Territory Wanita chief G. Logachitra, who is aligned with Jaya and Johor Wanita chief D. Murugaswary who is with Komala’s camp, secured positions in the party’s central working committee (CWC).
After Komala was officially declared as the new Wanita MIC chief, Jaya congratulated her before leaving the hall, without speaking to the gathered newsmen.
Speaking to reporters, Komala, who has been in Wanita MIC for 26 years said that she would continue working with Jaya and urged all the women members to “close ranks.”
“Now that the election is over, we must come back together and be of one mind.”
Meanwhile, at the MIC Youth polls, T. Mohan, secured 430 votes to stay on in the CWC. S. Murugesan, the former Youth secretary, received 260 votes to also represent the movement at the CWC.
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