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Now that Sami Vellu has won the President’s post without being challenged, the toadies like S.Ramis and T.Mohan have initiated their own re-branding of MIC. But, their ideas are not original, but the bidding of the Big Boss Samy Vellu.

Palanivel and Subramaniam are eligible to contest the number two post. Subra is a wash out, a fence sitter who should have said good bye to politics long ago. Remember this man whose origins go back to the time of Manigavasagam has been around from 1977 that is even before Sami Vellu became the President. Subra has nothing much to show from then till now. If anyone is available it is Palanivelu the incumbent, but under the shadow of Samy, he too is eclipsed.

The toadies want a new, young, vibrant and capable person for the deputy President. That is just telling Palanivel you are useless. The choice is Sothinathan, a relative and a President’s man, who I am sure is going to give Palanivel a hard time.

The dark horse in the race, an outsider, one who is being groomed, is none other than Vel Paari, the Presiden’t son. In the next few months he will be in the news often.

Samy Vellu told to name successor

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has been urged to name his successor, who will contest the deputy president’s post, to prevent in-fighting within the party when he leaves the scene.

Samy Vellu who was returned unopposed as president on Sunday – his 11th term – had stated that he would not again seek re-election.

MIC national youth advisory council chief S. Ramis, who made the call, said this would also ensure a smooth transition in the party leadership.

“We hope Samy Vellu will choose someone who is new, young, vibrant and capable of leading the party,” Ramis said yesterday.

Former deputy president Datuk S. Subra-maniam and incumbent Datuk G. Palanivel should not contest the number two post, he added.

Ramis was looking more to leaders like vice- president Datuk S. Sothinathan; secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who is Human Resources Minister; and deputy ministers Datuk S.K. Devamany and Datuk M. Saravanan.

Elections for the deputy president, three vice-presidents and 23 central working committee members will be held at the MIC general assembly in September.

Both Palanivel and Sothinathan are actively campaigning to contest the number two post while Subramaniam is still undecided.

Ramis also said that state chairmen who had been holding the post for more than two terms should make way for younger leaders.

In another development, MIC Youth coordinator T. Mohan urged the Government to introduce religious education in Tamil schools as a means to overcome the social ills in the Indian community.

Mohan said the wing had submitted a letter to Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammud-din Tun Hussein requesting the introduction of religious education in Tamil schools.

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