Pissed off local members criticised his move as marginalising (and ousting) the incumbent, SK Devamany, who by the way is a deputy minister. They want Palanivel to contest elsewhere. For more, see Free Malaysia Today's Palanivel for Cameron Highlands?
It would appear that those MIC members have taken a leaf out of Azmin Ali's book of the Inner Core's Mafulat Machiavellian Manual, where on page 26, paragraph 13, it states:
When the party president wishes to contest, he or she is required by the deputy president to seek
hisgrassroots' consent. However, this requirement is not applicable to party de facto leader, party advisor and deputy party president.
Dr Wan Azizah had stated her wish to stand in a Selangor State seat in the next state elections, which prompted her deputy Azmin Ali to say she, the party president, must obtain Selangor PKR grassroot (meaning his) support before she may do so.
'Twas just as well for Dr Wan that the PKR members in the state Sementa constituency said she would be welcomed to stand as a candidate there.
Just imagine her embarrassment if the 'grassroots' had kept quiet. But there's nothing to worry about, because it's quite normal for a party's president to request a party's deputy president his permission to stand in what he perceives as his fiefdom.
I hope G Palanivel is as popular as Dr Wan and that there may be a MIC branch that has the same respect and generosity for the party's president as PKR Sementa.