KUALA LUMPUR: DAP's Indian grassroots leaders in Penang have called for Deputy Chief Minister Dr P. Ramasamy to be dropped from the Batu Kawan parliamentary constituency and the Prai state seat.
Bagan liaison committee's publicity secretary G. Asoghan said the decision, made at a recent meeting of grassroots leaders, had been conveyed to DAP chairman Karpal Singh.
“The Indian leaders feel that there are local leaders who are more capable in serving the party and the community,” he said.
Asoghan, who is also Jalan Bagan Luar branch head, said the local leaders had recommended Bagan youth chief V. Krishnamoorthy and Tan-jung parliamentary liaison committee member S. Sugumaran to be considered as candidates.
He said the grassroots leaders had also expressed their dissatisfaction with Dr Ramasamy to the state chairman Chow Kon Yeow and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also the party secretary-general, on numerous occasions.
Asoghan said Dr Ramasamy, who was “parachuted” into contesting the two seats, had failed to work with grassroots leaders since 2008.
“He never held meetings with local leaders and always made decisions on his own,” he said.
He said local leaders had played a pivotal role in recommending the candidates for the 2008 general election and were also instrumental in getting Dr Ramasamy nominated for the Prai state seat.
“Dr Ramasamy was only slotted to contest against then Penang CM Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon in Batu Kawan but we requested Karpal to allocate the Prai seat to Dr Ramasamy.
“The seat was initially earmarked for Chong Eng,” he added.
Asoghan said the local leaders had also recommended that Bagan Dalam state assemblyman A. Thanasekaran contest the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat and retain two existing assemblymen, R.S.N. Rayer (Delima) and Jagdeep Singh Deo (Datuk Keramat).
He said they also proposed Krishnamoorthy and Sugumaran as candidates for the Bagan Dalam and Prai state seats respectively.
“Krishnamoorthy is well known among the three races and is also the community affairs officer in Bagan parliamentary constituency,” he added.
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