Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has opened the ‘flood gate’ to a scramble of positions in Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s Indian-based party MIC when he advised the party leadership for a fresh election.
Najib’s solution to the crisis in the party had created a flurry of ‘ambitious’ leaders and members scrambling for positions, the ones who have been dissatisfied with incumbent president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel’s ‘incapable’ leadership in solving the party’s probem with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
Split in several factions when the crisis began, what remains now is clearly two factions – Palanivel’s and deputy president Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam’s – who will slug it out for the party leadership in the fresh election which dates is to be determined later.
With a clear cut two factions, the upcoming party election is expected to be tense as the incumbent and his men are not expected to allow their positions ‘taken’ without a real fight.
There are only two issues involved – Palanivel’s ineffectiveness as a leader in solving party’s problems swiftly and his seemingly self-centric leadership style that irritates and angered leaders and grassroots alike.
This time, reluctant but pushed to the centre, Subramaniam is expected to take on Palanivel for the presidency while vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan is going for deputy president post.
Subramaniam has been be patient and playing the pacifier in the crisis advising members and leaders to stay calm despite being ignored and sidelined by Palanivel.
He has till today not voiced out his intention of going for any position but party leaders and members are currently pushing him to replace Palanivel.
Saravanan on the other hand, has been vocal in demanding an end to the party problem with RoS but his voice was never heard by Palanivel, presuming his position as too low a level to discuss the matter despite him being the party vice-president.
Palanivel had dropped him from being Federal Territory MIC chief and replaced by the president’s man but apparently, that widen and further strengthen his support from grassroot members.
The other two vice-presidents – Datuk Soothinathan and Datuk S. Balakrishnan – are expected to defend their positions and it is still too early to gauge whether they still have the support of the grassroots when the election takes place.
As of now, Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanthan and former CWC member Datuk T. Mohan may go for the vice-president posts given a vacuum to be created by Saravanan.
Calls for Palanivel to step down was made as early as end of December when he had kept silent following the letter from RoS on Dec 14 for the party to hold fresh election for the 23 central working committees (CWCs) and the three vice-presidents.
Palanivel had ignored calls for the party leadership to meet and discuss the matter and kept his deputy Subramaniam at bay despite the latter SMSing seeking for meeting to solve the issue.
When the problem become big and turned into a crisis, Palanivel has already lost control and Najib as BN chairman has no other choice but to intervene to keep matters under control.
The intervention and subsequent decision for fresh party poll has already damaged Palanivel’s image and defending his presidency in the upcoming election may be an uphill task.-MYNEWSHUB.CC