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"Diego loves Kamla!"
Not only did United National Con-
gress (UNC) Diego Martin West con-
stituency chairman Sterling Chase (and
members of his group) wear party
colours and send a message to that
effect at the UNC s Diego Martin meet-
ing on Monday, but the similar yellow
T-shirts (bearing names of different
constituencies) worn by people from
elsewhere made it clear these also were
part of the Kamla Persad-Bissessar
crew that night.
The medium-sized auditorium at
Diego Martin North Secondary School
was filled. Seated in tightly packed rows
were people who appeared to be area
residents, along with some wearing
Congress of the People (COP) T-shirts.
Chairman of proceedings, COP s
Rodger Samuel, appeared to feel the need, however,
to assure television viewers there was a larger crowd
outside the auditorium.
He was correct. While the corps of activists man-
ning volunteer-form stations sported crisp new-
looking UNC T-shirts (5 More KPB), some supporters
sported their 2010 Ts.
It was unlikely, though, that Diego supporters
might have been sporting any of the following: Rupert
Griffith/Toco Manzanilla, Vote Ian Alleyne for St
Joseph, UNC Couva North, UNC San Fernando East,
UNC-Tunapuna, UNC/St Augustine. The latter worn
by a man in a motorised wheelchair who said his
friends had brought him.
Exception to the yellow rule: T-shirts of Sport
Minister Brent Sancho s posse who wore slate grey
with orange wording, "We Deliver, We Deliver, We
In the packed car park, further evidence of guests
from outside: a green (south) band maxi, a couple
red (East-West corridor) ones, plus a few plain non-
banded maxis. But this was Diego Martin, People s
National Movement (PNM) turf--- though not the
constituency of PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley---and
the UNC was a long way from home. To overcome
that, supporters had been arriving since 6 pm and
continued arriving in a steady stream throughout
the night, filling three tented areas.
With Valley Harps steelband orchestra music in
the background, Chase said he d been involved with
the UNC "since Club 88...we have 700 members in
the area, so it s an uphill battle but Rowley won in
2010 by a small margin."
Outside the auditorium, a trio of former COP sup-
porters sat, scrutinising the UNC volunteer cards.
So were they with UNC now?
"No!" the grey-haired woman immediately barked.
She gave a conspicuous cold shoulder to COP leader
Prakash Ramadhar s assistant, nearby.
"We just attending a political meeting," added
another whose unused COP jersey was slung over
A couple other young men in white T-shirts wore
theirs similarly. One wore his hanging limply from
Two others wearing Alliance of Independents sig-
nature blue also remained in the courtyard. "I m not
with AI...I didn t know blue was their colour. I from
Majuba, I always support UNC," said one.
Roaring drums of the Next Generation rhythm
section emphasised each major announcement (punch
line, picong send-up or scoff ) from speakers.
UNC s Dr Roodal Moonilal was unimpressed by
Rowley s weekend Chaguaramas march: "It had more
people bathing in the sea than with him."
On Colm Imbert: "In 2010, if it had two more
maxis of voters, he d be history. He get away by a
nail, so in 2015 Garvin Nicholas have a nail clipper
The usually sedate Nicholas was in full election
cry on Imbert: "Foolishness...the only time he s
assured of speaking the truth is when his mouth
Attorney Wayne Sturge s duty was to unveil the
real PNM leader:
"He attacks" (Rowley), "wild allegations (same),
"sour grapes" (ditto), "fresh out of ideas, (as well),
"if you hide your flesh and blood for 24 years, what
else you go hide?" (you guessed it).
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar went one
further, "GRowley...always growling, quarreling, fuss-
ing, weeping, wailing and gnashing his teeth."
And if the UNC never had a chance to say it in
Diego Martin, she took the opportunity that night
declaring, "We win, we win, we win."
But that was on government s success in the arbi-
tration matter with Venezuelan company Sural over
the cancelled aluminium smelter plant---and the
Diego Martin test still lies ahead.
Diego love for UNC
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