V Ganabatirao dismisses objections against the possibility of him being fielded in Kota Alam Shah.
Reacting to statements by eight DAP branch leaders in Selangor, he said the objection was premature because the party had yet to announce the names of candidates for the coming election.
“I myself do not know whether I will be fielded to contest in Kota Alam Shah,” he told FMT. “Candidacy is decided by the central executive committee. It is too premature to speculate.”
Yesterday, the leaders of DAP branches in Taman Gembira, Klang, Teluk Pulai, Bayu Tinggi, Taman Chi Liung Indah, Southern Klang, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa and Ehsan said they were against Ganabatirao’s candidacy in Kota Alam Shah because he was not a local man familiar with the grassroots.
They warned the party that it would lose the seat if it were to field him there.
Ganabatirao is Selangor DAP’s legal bureau chief. He is also a director in the state-owned Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd and an aide to Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.
The Kota Alam Shah seat is currently held by M Manoharan, also from DAP. Both Ganabatirao and Manoharan rose to prominence as among the early leaders of Hindraf and were imprisoned under the Internal Security Act for their part in the massive 2007 demonstration in the streets of Kuala Lumpur against the marginalisation of Indians.
Ganabatirao currently holds the post of advisor to Malaysian Indian Voice, an NGO linked to Pakatan Rakyat.
He rejected his detractors’ claim that members of the eight Selangor branches were against his candidacy in Kota Alam Shah, saying the branch leaders were had their own agenda and were expressing their personal opinions.
“The objections are individual opinions of people with their own agenda,” he said. “The objections are not resolutions from the branches.”
Another DAP official confirmed that the party had not finalised its candidates’ list for Selangor.