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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, March 5, 2015
"Come back home!" That was the
appeal from Congress of the People
speakers to former members---
mixed with advice for the most
recently departed--- at COP Tues-
day s St Augustine constituency
St Augustine Girls High School
was the venue for the start of COP s
pre-election outreach on its theme
Stay Focused T&T! The venue
attracted a respectable enough atten-
dance to fill the school hall, with
people drifting in and out.
"The party not done---never!"
declared COP leader Prakash Ramad-
har in whose constituency the meet-
ing was held.
PP Senator Dr Bhoe Tewarie
launched appeals, saying: "To the
150,000 (members) of 2007 and
2010, come back home so we can
continue the work we started.
Come back home! Come back
home! Come back home! This is your
He said the road had been hard
and challenging and some couldn t
stay the course and got frustrated
but a country couldn t be fixed in
one term. He said some were so "cal-
lous and disregarding" of the col-
lective commitment they were pre-
pared to throw it away and cast PP
Ramadhar, who praised former
leader Winston Dookeran, however,
said the Government was being
"butchered" from the inside and was
vulnerable to evil forces and was pay-
ing the price for it.
Ramadhar said in the term, he had
received many "bouncers", there were
"LBWs" and opportunities to walk
off the field, but COP continued to
"There will be difficulties as we
continue to learn but instead of
mash-up we can fix up," he added.
Ramadhar said those who criticised
Jack Warner were now finding him
attractive and calling him family.
He added, "And now a group from
my own party is talking of a new
movement. If you want to go to the
side, go ahead, but we re still batting
"I warn my friends who have lost
sight of what is needed, in moments
of disappointment, don t risk T&T s
future. You re either with the coali-
tion or the PNM.
A third force is a farce! Any divi-
sion, months away from election will
only help a PNM/Keith Rowley vic-
"The coalition s doors are open, I
want you all to come back home.
Some may be disappointed but don t
fall for broken bottles, they ll damage
you and destroy your future,"
PP MP Rodger Samuel said T&T
was becoming a society of break-
ups and some were making COP part
of the break-up scene.
"This break-up spirit in the
island---but I say we ent break up.
This is no time to cry and run and
say I don t like how they treat me....
if four people leave, we ent break-
up because we re still here. Get to
COP supporters and tell them to
come back home, get on board,"
MP Lincoln Douglas said COP-ers
shouldn t, "jump out of the race
before you reach the finish line. Stay
in the race. I call on all those who
turned aside: We re a family, people
will have differences. Come back and
let s build COP, stay the course! Stay
He said the COP lost "one fella
along the way" for which he was
"deeply pained" but PP stood by
UNC chairman Kadijah Ameen
said members must be wary of those
who wanted to serve themselves.
She said while some in COP pub-
licly complained, none of the parties
could go it alone.
"Our partnership is like a mar-
riage,sometimes you have to com-
promise, but maintain individuality,
but we cannot do it divided...and it s
impossible to reverse PNM s 40 year
neglect in one term."
Prakash to former COP members:
PLEA BARGAINING COMING
Supporters of the Congress of the
People during the party's meeting at St
Augustine Girls' High School on Tuesday
night. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Government will bring plea
bargaining legislation to
Parliament soon, Legal Affairs
Minister Prakash Ramadhar said.
He said the PP faced great
challenges, including corruption
allegations during the term. He
said any allegation should be
taken to the police if people
wished. He noted a COP member
was the "first to fall" from
Government but in the PP "If you
do wrong,---you gone!"
Speakers all detailed the PP's
achievements and trained verbal
guns on the PNM. The audience
was told Winston Dookeran and
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan were
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