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Monday, May 30, 2011

Subra denies ‘secret’ meeting with Palanivel

The former number two claims the report is conceived by 'crooked minds' to cause trouble in MIC.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former MIC number two S Subramaniam has strongly denied meeting party president G Palanivel to form a pact.

According to a Makkal Osai report today, Subramaniam said that he will never compromise his stand for political gains, positions or awards.

He said the news was conceived by “crooked minds” with an agenda to stir up trouble in MIC.

Subramaniam was responding to a FMT report last Saturday, which said that Palanivel and Subramaniam held a secret meeting.

During the meeting, Palanivel had purportedly coaxed Subramaniam not to compete for the party presidency, and in return promised the latter a Tan Sri title.

However, a party leader insisted that the meeting did take place.

“I am very sure about this because I was there when the meeting kicked off,” said the party leader, adding that Palanivel had sought Subramaniam’s help for the next party polls.

According to the party leader, Palanivel was worried about the threat posed by his current deputy Dr S Subramaniam, who is said to be backed by former party supremo S Samy Vellu.

The leader added that the next presidential election would be the most entertaining ever in the party’s history, with the possibility of a three-cornered fight should both Subramaniams join the fray.

“Palanivel is also in the dark about his two vice-presidents M Saravanan and SK Devamany’s stand,” he said, adding that Saravanan was peeved because the president did not show up for his mother’s funeral rites.

As for Devamany, the leader said the deputy minister was unhappy with the rumours that Palanivel might replace him for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary constituency in the next general election.

“So Palanivel’s only chance to secure his presidency is by getting (former deputy president) Subramaniam’s support,” he added.

He pointed out that if Samy Vellu was not in the picture, then Subramaniam would be the most powerful man in the party, commanding one-third support from the delegates.

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