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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar on Monday night stoked the
enthusiasm of her party s members
to a higher pitch for next month s gen-
eral election as she called on them to
mobilise in the marginal seats.
There are seven marginal seats,
including St Joseph, Tunapuna, San
Fernando West, Toco/Sangre Grande,
and San Juan/Barataria, where no
party has a clear advantage. Addi-
tionally, there is a high percentage of
citizens who remain undecided as to
which party they will support on Sep-
Persad-Bissessar s call was made
in a telephone link-up which was
heard simultaneously at all UNC con-
stituencies which held the so-called
Manifesto Monday meeting.
Persad-Bissessar s call was received
by the party s candidate for St Joseph
Vasant Bharath and hundreds of sup-
porters present heard her discourse.
She said the UNC must win the
She said the work of party members
was critical to preventing the country
from being governed by the PNM, led
by Dr Keith Rowley.
Persad-Bissessar said the UNC
"needs" to win the marginal seats.
"I want to ask for your help to go
and spend some time working with
our candidates in those marginal
seats," Persad-Bissessar said. "We
need to identify our supporters and
make sure they maximise turnout to
over 90 per cent in our areas."
She said, "We need to identify those
voters who are undecided so we can
address their concerns and ensure
they vote for our candidates on Sep-
She said the members must spread
the message that Rowley was not the
better choice for prime minister, and
that message must be carried via word
of mouth and UNC leaflet.
She also called on the members to
be at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, on
Sunday, when the PP candidates for
the election will be presented.
She said there was no stopping the
party now. "We are on the move and
once you march with us we will move
to victory on September 7," she said
to lusty applause from the attentive
crowd in St Joseph.
The Prime Minister said the UNC
"can be very proud of what we have
achieved in Government," adding that
the Government "refurbished or built
over 100 health centres, created
56,000 jobs and over 11,000 busi-
nesses, we brought clean water sup-
plies to over 74 per cent of the pop-
ulation, we constructed hundreds of
new roads and thousands of houses."
She said the policies of the UNC
would lead to a significantly better
quality of life for citizens.
PM tells party supporters...
We need to win
A cross-section of supporters during Manifesto Monday at the Oropouche East Constituency office on Debe.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA.
"I want to ask for your
help to go and spend
some time working with
our candidates in those
The telephone conference call system which the
UNC employed for the prime minister s series of
conversations with UNC constituencies on Man-
ifesto Monday missed a beat in connecting with
the UNC s St Joseph gathering.
UNC St Joseph candidate Vasant Bharath, who
had been addressing the gathering of UNC troops---
street captains, activists and other supporters---
when the call started coming through, had jumped
to attention to take his boss call.
However, the phone system, which for some rea-
son had been mounted on the truck Bharath used
for his campaign, did not make the connection with
the Prime Minister when he crouched down and
attempted to reply. PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar s
voice was heard asking if it was Pointe-a-Pierre on
A couple minutes later the problem was solved
and the PM s voice came through clearly to the St
Joseph audience for her pep talk to the troops,
urging them to mobilise for Sunday s upcoming PP
Echoing the line of one of her theme songs, Per-
sad-Bissessar declared, "There s no stopping us
now, we re on the move,
The usually diplomatic Bharath wasn t backward
either in instructing his troops who filled all the
chairs in a tent behind his Aranguez campaign office:
"This is a particularly important election, more
than others since the PP administration has achieved
more than any other government did in many more
Bharath denied the opposition leader s claim
that the "Government" wanted to "kill him." Accord-
ing to Bharath: "Why would we want to kill Dr
Rowley?! He s our biggest asset. Once he s there,
we stay here (in Government), But he didn t present
a shred of evidence of his claim; he didn t name
names because he knows he d be sued, so he says
the Government because the whole Government
can t sue.
"But look at the lengths to which he s going to
seek power...the message you must spread is that
this is a dangerous man."
He made out a contrasting case for the PM.
Among her attributes was the gender aspect which
in his view didn t favour PNM leader Keith Rowley:
"She has a consensual style and take everyone s
views into consideration...(but) as you know a lot
of men are hot headed and they feel they re the
boss...they ve (PNM) tried to make him over and
calm him down but when you see him on TV, you
can see he s raring to go, so it s a facade, a temporary
"So forget the politics and the high falutin talk
and think of what will make a difference to improve
the quality of your lives."
Sitting front row watching Bharath was his father,
former MP Dr John Bharath, who made more than
a few rethink his age when he joined the rest of
the audience in jumping to his son s campaign tune,
launched that night. (He didn t sit down anytime
He was, however, also present to hear his son
warn supporters that politics is sometimes known
as a civilised form of war and that the campaign
would become much more heated in the days ahead.
But in the high spirits of Manifesto Monday, in the
UNC s St Joseph camp, few might truly understand
how much more that will be.
Vasant starts political
walk to St Joseph
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