Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has lost control of MIC – 90 of the party’s 150 divisions in the country have openly voiced support for his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam – in a meeting last Saturday.
The meeting had concluded to form a committee under the care of the party central working committee (CWC) to handle the issue pertaining with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) where a fresh election must be held by April 2.
They fear the Indian-based party which is a coalition of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) would be registered if Palanivel continues to try his way of appealing to the Home Minister while at the same time do some ‘ridiculous’ act such as fasting outside the registrar’s office.
In fact, there is a possibility that the would-be-formed committee may just conclude to hold fresh election for all party posts instead of just the 23 C posts and the three vice-president posts.
The decision may be based on Palanivel’s ineffectiveness and silence as well as sidelining the party leadership – from deputy to CWC members – in acting on the registrar’s directive.
If this happens and if the registrar goes along with the committee’s recommended solution, Palanivel may see his political career cut short.
Fresh election for the whole party would mean a personal ‘war’ between Palanivel and Dr Subramaniam and given the current situation where former MIC strongman and president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu supporting those who oppose the incumbent, Palanivel is in deep trouble.
Palanivel had maintained that the meeting was illegal as it was conducted against the provisions of the party constitution and that whatever decision adopted in the meeting was illegal and had no effect whatsoever.
He is contemplating on taking action against those responsible to organise the meeting and the person was nothing other than his deputy Dr Subramaniam.
However, some of them who attended the meeting claimed it was legal because it was called by the majority of the divisions and need no sanction from the president.
Although MIC has been a president-centric party all along, Palanivel has not made his mark as he still has not created the a large hard-core loyal supporter-based since he took over at end of 2010.
Failure in building the base, Palanivel had worked on assumption that his actions – taken without discussions or consulting his deputy or vice-presidents or CWC members – would be sanctioned by all of them.
This included the actions he took with regards to the case with the registrar where he had probably misread his support from members and CWC.
Acting on his own without consulting or informing his deputy or any party leaders and members, Palanivel realised now that his ‘dances are out of tune’ to their music.
With both he and his deputy are now on different path, MIC is headed for a very rough ride and one of the two is expected to ‘bow out’ when the ‘match begins’ which is very near.
Depending on registrar’s decision, the MIC problem may not see an easy and happy ending for either Palanivel or Subramaniam as both have now ‘entered the ring’ and ready to battle each other to the end. MYNEWSHUB