Four of five candidates in Seri Andalas are likely to draw opposition votes, making it easier for BN's T Mohan to clinch the Seri Andalas state seat.
Mohan, who is also the MIC Youth chief, is cautiously optimistic about his chances of winning the seat, which has about 56,000 voters.
He claims that Seri Andalas will have a domino effect in the fall of opposition candidates in Selangor, paving the way for BN to takeover the state in the general election on May 5.
BN lost Selangor to Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition pact made up of PKR, PAS and DAP, in the 2008 general election.
“A five way tussle is certainly an advantage for us. We have a good chance of winning the seat,” he told FMT today.
Seri Andalas comprises 56,806 voters off which 35.5% are Indians, 39.5% Malays, 24.1% Chinese and 0.5% others.
In 2008, PKR’s Dr Xavier Jayakumar defeated MIC’s Kamala Ganapathi with a majority of 10,205 votes to win the state seat.
In the upcoming election, the assembly seat will see a five way tussle among Mohan, Xavier Jayakumar and three independents. Xavier and Mohan will be the ones to watch.
‘BN can win by a slim majority’
The others in the fray are HRP leader P Uthayakumar, former PKR Kota Raja division secretary KS Kotappan and Xavier’s former personal assistant Hanafiah Yusof.
“The three independents are Pakatan friendly, while Xavier is the PKR candidate. They will split the opposition votes among themselves and this would benefit the BN,” said Mohan.
He said voters in Seri Andalas have accepted him as he has been on the ground working hard the last two months.
“I have also held several meetings with the people here. We have more than 200 volunteers on the ground. We are also working closely with the local leaders to ensure a BN win.
“It is clear voters want change. They are disappointed with the incumbent who has done little despite being a state exco member,” added Mohan, taking a potshot at Xavier.
Mohan said the BN could sweep the seat if it can get support from the 65% Malay and Indian voters respectively.
“We only need another 30% Chinese support and the BN could capture this seat with a slim majority,” said Mohan.
On a related matter, former PKR deputy secretary-general P Jenapalan urged Indians in the constituency not to vote for Xavier in the polls.
Jenapala claimed that the exco member was a racist and opposed vernacular education in the country.
“I’ve known him since his early days in PKR. He’s always blamed Tamil schools for gangsterism,” Jenapala told reporters at a press conference.