KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has yet to decide whether or not to contest the next general election.
"How can I tell in which constituency I am going to stand when I have yet to decide whether or not to contest (in the election)," he said when asked which seat he would be contesting.
Palanivel said he had received many offers from existing members of parliament to contest in their constituencies.
"I have not answered to any of the offers as I am still uncertain of contesting in the election."
He said this during the Juara Rakyat Barisan Nasional programme here, yesterday,
Last November, Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon had announced that he would not be contesting in the next general election.
Palanivel, 63, first contested in the 1990 general election and remained a member of parliament until 2008 when he failed to defend his Hulu Selangor seat after losing to Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
He was appointed as senator in May, 2010, and was made a minister in the prime minister's department in July last year.
On MIC's candidates for the next general election, Palanivel said the party would file some young and talented candidates along with a few who lost in 2008.
"I do not see any problem in re-nominating candidates who lost in the 2008 general election.
"If they are talented and have calibre, why not?"
Palanivel said the Indian support towards BN was increasing as a result of the economy transformation programme and government transformation programme envisioned by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He said programmes like BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia) and KR1M (Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia) had helped the rakyat and that BN was concerned about the welfare of the people.
"These initiatives will definitely serve as a threshold to greater success in the 13th general election.
"I am very convinced that BN will get good results as the support from the people is growing."