His resignation was accepted by the committee on Thursday. On the reasons for Nijhar's resignation, Samy Vellu said the former Subang MP had stated his intention in the press. "I don't have any quarrels with him," he said. Nijhar, when contacted, said that he had sent text messages to Samy Vellu and secretary-general Datuk Dr S Subramaniam on his resignation.
Nijhar joined MIC in 1973 and had held several positions, including that of treasurer-general, CWC member and secretary-general before being elected as a vice president in 2000. He retained the vice president's post in 2003 and 2006.
He was appointed a senator for six years and served as parliamentary secretary of the International Trade and Industry Ministry from June 1989 to June 1991.
Nijhar had also contested and won the Subang parliamentary seat in 1999 and 2004 but was not fielded in the March 8 general election.
He had expressed displeasure after he was dropped from the MIC election line-up this year.