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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar wasn t
the only "star" spotlight of Monday s UNC Forum
While none of the others were on the
platform with her, they were still very
much a part of proceedings. First off for-
mer St Joseph MP and dismissed Justice
Minister Herbert Volney who sat in a
front-row seat---though to the side---made it clear he
was there to help.
Briefly with Jack Warner s ILP and appearing on
the Alliance of Independents first meeting in March,
on Monday, however, Volney was back to his UNC
roots. Sporting a lemon shirt with a UNC logo, Volney
told the T&T Guardian: "The Prime Minister said all
come back out to support her and do everything in
my power to see the election of Vasant Bharath as my
successor in St Joseph."
"And to make sure Keith Rowley does not become
the Prime Minister of T&T," he stressed.
It also seemed clear another dismissed minister---
Glenn Ramadharsingh---wants to be part of the effort.
Nominees for his Caroni Central seat were screened
last Friday. Hoping for announcement of success, a
group of his Caroni Central supporters with large ban-
ners and a music truck had come to the forum, took
up position in the centre aisle of the packed Barataria
South Secondary School auditorium where supporters
yelled, tooted, waved and wined their support (the
latter, a Point Fortin group).
Some Caroni Central members wore the hats UNC
supporters have sported recently---but in black with
a yellow band. At meeting s end, they may have been
disappointed. Some walked out before the finish,
apparently having learned no candidate announcements
were forthcoming although the PM had been announc-
ing candidates at the end of recent forums. (UNC s
Rodney Charles said last Friday s screening wasn t
completed, hence no announcements.)
The night s other character, a yellow Chicken Little
impersonator wearing a red PNM T-shirt gave a strut-
ting contribution in the centre aisle, which turned
into a brief scuffle---while the PM was speaking---
when a UNC supporter tried to take his head off and
reclothe him in a UNC jersey.
The audience s guffaws at that, however came while
the Prime Minister was lamenting the death of police
constable Sherman Maynard in last Friday s jailbreak.
The television audience, unable to see Chicken Little
being "converted" (strenuously), might have wondered
why the auditorium audience seemed lighthearted.
Area MP Fuad Khan, urging supporters to ensure
the East-West corridor was taken, did his own com-
parison of the two leaders in the election race. His
personal favourite of naturally:
"What do you get with the Prime Minister? I know
we ll get a good-looking woman with a melodious
voice and who knows how to go to the ground" and
give love. You ever see Keith Rowley kissing anybody
or hugging them?!"
Shouted "Nos!!! in reply.
UNC campaign manager Rodney Charles took on
and tossed back the attacks which had emanated from
PNM s Arima platform.
"Where can you find more bacchanal than on a
PNM platform?!" he declared, accusing Rowley of
encouraging it. In full Do-So-May-Not-Necessar-
ily-Like-So mode and anyone had forgotten PNMite
Camille Robinson Regis "credit card" spending woes,
he provided a detailed dose of reminders.
The PM, in her turn, brought good news
for security forces on settlement of wage
negotiations and bad news for supporters
in her claims that Rowley s Rapid Rail and
other pet projects might be funded by
"increasing VAT and/or cutting in other
areas." She lobed that campaign missile ahead of PNM s
south meeting last night where PNM would have had
to deny, clarify/explain.
Her declaration as on previous night: "It will be me
or Keith Rowley....my plan or his lack of plan!"
Volney, Glenn and Chicken Little
A UNC supporter
lobbies for Dr
be reselected as a
candidate in the
at the party's
Forum at the
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