Azmin considers negotiations with Batu independents following Tian Chua’s disqualification

TTF: Well, so long for the guy Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali and Dr Mahathir Mohamad were counting on to help trigger mutiny in PKR against its president, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Jijah).

With the EC’s decision to disqualify Tian Chua from contesting the Batu seat (see news item below), it looks like his political career’s been consigned to the grave, probably to the delight of Jijah, who had earlier struck the incumbent off her preferred candidate-list after getting wind of an agreement he entered with Azmin.

Things seemed to sail just the way Jijah wanted them to until an eleventh hour intervention by Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim turned the tide against her – she was seen reinstating Chua along with several other candidates aligned with Azmin. The turnaround restored hope among Azmin supporters that retaining the Batu seat would be a breeze for the party.

But Chua’s disqualification has now convinced Azmin that a three cornered tussle involving Barisan National, PAS and two independents is likely to favour the ruling coalition. It is learnt that the Selangor Menteri Besar is considering negotiating with the independents to get one of them to drop out, and the other, to pledge allegiance to his cartel and PKR.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Tian Chua had his nomination rejected this morning, disqualifying him from standing for the Batu parliamentary seat in the 14th General Election (GE14).

“I am satisfied that there is a nomination that was rejected,” election commission returning officer Anwar Mohd Zain announced.

It is learnt that Tian Chua was disqualified due to the RM2,000 fine imposed by Shah Alam court.

It will be a four-cornered fight as the PKR vice-president will not get to defend the seat, which he has held for two terms since 2008.

The accepted candidates are Barisan Nasional candidate Dominic Lau, PAS candidate Al Azhar Yahya and two other independent candidates. The two are V M Panjamothy, 62, and P Prabakaran, 22.

Source: The Sun

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