There is currently high drama with the MIC camp after party president S Samy Vellu failed to convince Barisan Nasional deputy chief Muhyiddin Yassin to field deputy president G Palanivel as the coalition's candidate in the Hulu Selangor by-election.
It is understood that Samy Vellu met Muhyiddin in the deputy prime minister's office in Putrajaya early this morning in a last ditch effort to secure Palanivel's candidacy.
Muhyiddin is scheduled to officially announce BN's candidate in Bukit Sentosa at 4pm today.
MIC sources said that during the meeting, Muhyiddin insisted on fielding a candidate other than Palanivel, prompting Samy Vellu to leave in order to consult his party top brass.
The MIC central working committee already held an emergency meeting last night, which resolved that the party was only prepared to accept Palanivel as the candidate.
Several top MIC officials when contacted were unable to confirm details of the morning meeting because Samy Vellu had been tightlipped.
However, the officials are confident that a 'second round' of talks between the duo will be held this afternoon.