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Palanivel Wins MIC Deputy President Post

Contributed by Anonymous on Saturday, June 24 @ 10:55:04 CDT

MICJune 24, 2006 20:08 PM  

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) -- Datuk G. Palanivel has been elected the new MIC deputy president, beating long-time in*****bent Datuk S. Subramaniam by a thumping 438-vote majority in the party elections Saturday.

The 57-year-old former journalist-turned-politician garnered 933 votes against 495 by Subramaniam who has been at the MIC's No. 2 post since 1981.

The election results were announced at 7.35pm.

A total 1,428 of the 1,441 delegates voted in the elections billed as the most intense in party history after 1989 when Subramaniam took on MIC supremo Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for the party top post.

Palanivel, a four-term vice-president, and Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister, became MIC Petaling division secretary in 1972 and raised through the ranks to become vice-president in 1997.

In the vice-president race, the president's "preferred candidates" in*****bents Datuk S. Veerasingham and Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar and party secretary-general Datuk S. Sothinathan were elected.

Sothinathan emerged top, polling 1,153 votes, Veerasingham 1,141 and Nijhar 939 votes.

The other four vice-president aspirants -- MIC veteran Datuk M. Muthupalaniappan polled 244 votes, Kuala Lumpur MIC chief Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan (469), former Si Rusa state assemblyman E. Yohevel (111) and P. Tiagarasan (220).

Of the 23 candidates in the president's line-up for the central working committee seats, only two failed to make it.

The two are Datuk Chandrasekhar Suppaiah and Datuk K. Munisamy.

The two "independents" who made it to the CWC, MIC's highest policy-making body, are P. Logeswary, better known as Kajang Ranee, and R. Ragumoorthy.

The results showed the president's men almost made a clean sweep of all the posts contested.

As soon as the results were announced, a teary-eyed Palanivel hugged Samy Vellu in gratitude.

The mood at the announcement by party election steering committee chairman Datuk K. Vijayanathan was one of jubilance.

Shouts of "Long Live Palanivel" reverberated Dewan Merdeka of the Putra World Trade Centre.


Sothinathan Heads Vice President Winning Team

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) -- Datuk S. Sothinathan, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and MIC secretary-general, emerged with the highest number of votes in the party's vice president contest Saturday.

He garnered 1,153 votes, followed closely by in*****bent Datuk S. Veerasingam who retained the post for a third consecutive term with 1,141 votes and another in*****bent Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar who was also re-elected for his third consecutive term with 939 votes.

All the three winners were on MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu's "preferred list" of candidates for the party elections.

The four other candidates who lost in the contest were "independents" E. Yohevel, Alex Thiagarajan, V.K.K. Teagarajan and M. Muthupalaniappan.

Teagarajan received 469 votes, Muthupalaniappan 244, Thiagarajan 220 and Yohevel 111.

The victory of Sothinathan was his first for a national elected post in the party.

Speaking to reporters after the results were announced, he thanked the delegates for supporting him and pledged to give his best to serve the party.

"Good contact with the grassroots helped me a lot," he said.

Veerasingam, the Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, said he was thankful the election went smoothly and also promised to work hard for the party and its members.

He said the victory of the "preferred" team was expected.

Nijhar said he was happy to prove wrong the prediction that he was the weakest member of the "preferred" team and would have difficulty retaining his post.

"My nearest opponent was nearly 500 votes away," he said.

Teagarajan, who is the MIC national information chief, said winning and losing was part of the political game.

"You have to take it in your stride. The result shows that I was not popular, so I have to work harder in the future," he said.

Yohevel said he lost to "Samy Vellu's weight" but promised he would "return to fight another day".




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