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Former United National Con-
gress (UNC) founder, Basdeo Pan-
day, may join the Third Force
Movement which is publicly
pledging to back the People s
Partnership for the September 7
Panday had been openly
opposed to the Kamla Persad-
Bissessar administration and even
collected a UNC nomination form
to contest the Prime Minister s
Siparia seat or Couva North, his
The announcement of his turn-
around came from Arthur Sander-
son, National Alliance for Recon-
struction (NAR) executive member,
on a platform political meeting in
Auzonville, Tunapuna, on Thurs-
"I met Panday last week and
told him we were developing the
Third Force. The right, honourable
Basdeo Panday has said he will be
a member. The politics now start,"
Sanderson shouted to a small
crowd of about 100 cheering peo-
ple.Several calls to Panday s cell
phone and landline numbers yes-
terday for a response went unan-
Panday was ousted as UNC
leader by Persad-Bissessar in Jan-
uary 2010 and since then has not
been on friendly terms with her.
The Third Force Movement, led
by former Senate president Tim-
othy Hamel-Smith, is a combi-
nation of smaller parties, including
the NAR and Alliance of Inde-
Congress of the People (COP)
Arouca/Maloney candidate, Wen-
dell Eversley, Diego Martin West
Independent candidate, Phillip
Alexander, and NAR leader, Dr
Carson Charles, were also at the
All pledged support for the PP
in the upcoming general election.
Charles said the NAR will cam-
paign with UNC Tunapuna can-
didate, Wayne Munroe, Eversley
He said they told the PM if she
wanted the Third Force vote, she
must commit to bringing procure-
ment and campaign financing leg-
islation and developing a fairer
"We are satisfied you have start-
ed to respond to those who have
found themselves in the middle
"We stand in the East/West
Corridor and say we are stretching
out our arms in partnership and
calling on the east, west, north
and south to unite. That s our mes-
sage. We are demonstrating unity.
That s what we are doing on this
platform. We are throwing our
weight fully behind Wayne
Munroe," said Charles.
Charles called on citizens to
return to the one love spirit of
1986, when 33 of the 36 seats voted
for one party, the NAR.
Sanderson, in an impassioned
speech, said, "There was a time
when the country came together
as one people. The time has come
when we can do that again."
As for the PNM, the verdict is
clear, Charles said.
Charles said it is the same old
PNM bringing back the same old
ideas, like the rapid rail, and which
still has not learnt how to be
"The PNM has not learnt any-
thing at all. They are still standing
"I winning my seat."
The confident announcement
was made by Congress of the Peo-
ple (COP) general election candi-
date, Wendell Eversley, at a political
meeting in Tunapuna on Thursday
"I am a serious man. I am con-
fident of taking the seat."
Eversley, a former 1990 hostage,
is contesting the People s National
Movement (PNM) stronghold of
Arouca/Maloney. He was speaking
on the platform of a National
Alliance for Reconstruction
(NAR)/Third Force meeting.
He vowed to bring the devel-
opment other constituencies are
seeing to Arouca/Maloney.
"The oil in the soil does not
belong to any party. It belongs to
you," he said to a small crowd in
Auzonville Park, Tunapuna.
When Parliament reconvenes
and the new government is prepar-
ing the 2015/2016 budget, he will
present a manifesto for
Arouca/Maloney, he said.
Eversley said when you enter
and leave the constituency, you
see three jails, the Maximum
Prison, the Youth Training Centre
and the Golden Grove Prison, but
he intends to put industries in the
Former PNM health minister
John Eckstein and current PNM
lady vice-chair, Camille Robin-
son-Regis, once held the seat but
it has remained under-developed,
Arthur NR Robinson, deceased,
was the NAR prime minister and
was held hostage for six days in
the Red House by Jamaat-al-Mus-
limeen insurgents during the July
1990 attempted overthrow of the
"I was in Parliament when he
(Robinson) say attack (the Mus-
limeen) with full force. He was
prepared to lay down his life for
his country rather than give it to
terrorists," Eversley said.
Come Monday, general election
independent candidate, Phillip
Alexander, will sign a contract with
the people of Diego Martin West.
Alexander made the announcement
at a political meeting at Auzonville
Park, Tunapuna, on Thursday night.
"The contract will state I am mak-
ing these promises and if I fail to
deliver them, fire me."
Alexander vowed that Diego Martin
West, held by Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley for 24 years, is going
to be a test case for how people must
be represented by their MPs.
He said if he is elected, he will con-
tinue to hold monthly town meetings
and do walkabouts.
Alexander described Rowley as "an
"What have you done for Diego
Martin West for the past 24 years?"
Alexander said he was astonished
to discover in his walkabouts that
the communities that are the most
"die hard PNM" and which kept
the party in office, were the most
"The people in those communities
were living in the most amount of
squalor, poverty and despair."
Alexander said his campaign slogan
is, "When I win, you win".
He had a few words for those who
may question his political independ-
"I am independent and I have to
be careful where I stand up. But Car-
son (Charles) could call me anywhere
and I going," Alexander said.
He said he spoke on the platform
at the NAR meeting at the Himalaya
Club in San Juan recently and party
members marched with him from
Bagatelle to Carenage.
It s the love in the NAR that has
drawn him to that party, Alexander
"I think your time is coming again."
of winning seat
Alexander: Fire me
if I don't deliver
Natalie Jervis, left, is consoled by a relative during the funeral service
for her 13-year-old daughter Natesha James, inset, at Simpson's funeral
home in Laventille, yesterday. James died as a result of asphyxiation
after suffering an epileptic fit after being scolded by her mother for
misbehaviour at the family's home in Wallerfield on Tuesday.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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