The ‘war’ in MIC has begun with Datuk Seri G. Palanivel dropping state leaders aligned to his deputy and replaced them with his men.
The party president has shown to his ‘enemy’ within the party that he is no push-over and if its ‘war’ that they had wanted, he is more than ready to please them.
While his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam and those aligned to him had taken steps to try to rectify the party’s problem by setting up a ‘care taker’ committee to deal with the Registrar of Societies (RoS), Palanivel had gone beyond that – focusing on their actions rather than working collectively to free the party from the RoS.
Yesterday, he dropped three state chiefs – Datuk S. Sothinathan of Negri Sembilan, Datuk M. Saravanan of Federal Territories and K. Parthiban of Selangor – an act seen as decapitating Dr Subramaniam’s support.
Instead of following Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman who is also Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s reconciliation and moderate approach, Palanivel has instead ‘taken the bull by its horns’ in solving the current problem facing the Indian-based party.
Whether Palanivel’s ways are wise or not, he has shown to party members that he does not like to be ‘pushed or nagged or threatened’ and he is not one who will take criticism lightly.
Whether he had made the first mistake by being silent when the registrar sent a letter requesting a fresh election for central working committee (CWC) and the three vice-presidents posts which got party leaders and members jittery as the risk of being de-registered is high,
Palanivel does not seemed to want to look back or backward.
His defence was he had taken action on the matter on his own accord without the need to consult or inform his deputy or the party leadership.
After all he is the president and he probably thinks or it is his right not to be answerable to the party leadership on whatever actions he take.
Decapitating or cutting off support for Dr Subramaniam at state level is a good political move if the party divisions in the states involved are loyal to the state leaders.
However, MIC divisions seem to be acting on their own as the division leaders are now up in arms against the party president for his action from the very beginning of the feud.
To Palanivel, it is ‘war’ and in ‘war’ there is no fair play and he has to do it to ensure his support for him is more than solid in the wake of the party election scheduled next year.
After this, Palanivel may work his way downwards on division leaders who are not with him as he strategises to expand his influence and support.
He has been the party president since October 2010 but he has yet to have a wide base support which made him feel insecure, the very reason he dropped several leaders at national and state level and replaced them with his men.
Palanivel is using his power as the party president – appointing state chiefs, the secretary-general, treasurer and several as CWC members – to chip off and curb Dr Subramaniam’s base.
He has done nothing wrong legally to say and by doing so at this present situation could further strengthen his base and erode’s Dr Subramaniam’s influence, in anticipation for the next party election.
But his move may not see the closing of ranks in the party as the actions are splitting the party wider and deeper and the implication may not be good for him and the BN on the whole.
With him waging war instead of staying above board, the only Indian-based party in the ruling BN is expected to bring the coalition further down the present volatile position.MYNEWSHUB.CC