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No tears were being shed in Mayaro
for former MP Winston Gypsy Peters
yesterday, even though he represented
the constituency for 15 years.
Instead, many expressed delight at his
exit from the seat which is held by the
People s Partnership.
"He should have gone long time," was
the sentiment expressed by residents yes-
terday when the T&T Guardian visited
the Mayaro constituency.
On Tuesday Peters publicly announced
his resignation from the UNC and as
Community Development Minister at a
media conference at the Hyatt Regency
Peters, who denied he was being bitter,
said he was prompted to resign after
being rejected as a candidate for the Sep-
tember 7 polls.
Ann Marie Rampaul, 45, of San Pedro,
said she believed the Prime Minister lis-
tened to the cries of the constituents
when Mayaro businessman Rushton Paray
was selected as the UNC s candidate.
"I do not think she (Persad-Bissessar)
was at fault at all. A lot of people did not
want him to go back, a lot of people say
they were not going to vote if he remained
"I am not sad to see him go. We never
see him in our community. We have no
tears for him at all," she said.
Sour grapes, that is how Hamida
Mohammed, 54, of Mohammed s Deli-
cacies at Naparima Mayaro Road,
described Peters accusations against Per-
She said she did not think Gypsy s
actions would affect the PP s chances of
retaining the Mayaro seat.
Balkissoon Bhagwandass, 52, of
Mayaro, said he believed Peters resig-
nation would only help the PP in the
"That (resignation) was the best thing
he do. If they (the People s Partnership)
didn t have a chance to win now they
do," Bhagwandass said.
Murray Persad, of Rio Claro, did not
mince words as he defended the Prime
Minister s statement against Peters
attacks. He claimed that Persad-Bissessar
was an "ungrateful ingrate."
"Gypsy is a hypocrite and he was the
one who was very ungrateful. I supported
him all the way, going back years now,
but I was not going to vote for him if
they put him up this time," Persad said.
Arnold Mano, 35, of Clear Water Vil-
lage, Rio Claro, who openly declared his
allegiance to the People s National Move-
ment (PNM) came to Peters rescue.
He said when he looked at the situation
he could understand why Peters took the
action he did.
For doubles vendor Dolarie Vashti
Sudama-Mohammed, 49, of Riverside
Road, Poole, Peters resignation was long
"We were not pleased by him bad talk-
ing the Prime Minister. He should have
leave long time. He never do nothing for
us. We never really see him. Only since
election start you see him coming around
again," Sudama-Mohammed lamented.
Her customers, busily munching their
doubles at San Pedro Junction, Rio Claro,
mumbled in agreement.
"He do nothing for Mayaro. That is
what you call performance? I don t know
nothing about the Prime Minister not
giving he the funds, that is politics, just
politics," said a male customer as he
jumped in his car after eating his dou-
UNC s Mayaro candidate, Rushton Paray, is challenging
his predecessor Winston "Gypsy" Peters to bring evidence
to prove he paid $5 million to contest the marginal Mayaro
In an interview, Paray said he understood Peters was
hurting because he was blanked by the UNC s screening
"My children hurt sometimes but they eventually got
over it. I still have respect for Mr Peters and I am hoping
one day he will return to the UNC," Paray said.
Saying he wished he had $5 million, Paray reiterated that
Peters claim was totally unfounded, adding his tirade and
resignation had bolstered his campaign.
"He cannot undermine me. We have grown out of the
system of mauvaise langue and people are intelligent so
they can understand.
"There is nothing he can do to sabotage my campaign.
I was a bit concerned when I heard him speaking that way
but this is the politically charged environment and I want
to tell Mr Peters best wishes," Paray said.
Asked whether he believed Peters rant was a case of
"sour grapes" Paray added: " I wouldn t want to get into
the primary school name-calling thing.
"I wouldn t go down that road. He is hurt and when
people hurt they lash out." He also denied he was chosen
on the basis of race.
"I will represent people from all races. I am walking the
walk with a love for my people and my party," Paray said.
Meanwhile, Paray s campaign manager and chairman of
the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation Hazaree Ramdeen
also denied Paray was selected because he was of East Indian
He added: "Some people see the world not as it is but
as they are. When you are representing, you represent all
the people, whether you are ILP, UNC, PNM, Indian, Negro,
Chinese or white.
"Mayaro is not an Indian constituency so why would we
select a candidate on the basis of race? When we walk the
constituency we are welcomed by all. This is not an Indian
He said Peters may have had a few supporters but the
majority of people were supporting the UNC.
"I am 100 per cent sure we will keep the seat. People are
gravitating to the party," Ramdeen added.
UNC candidate to
Peters on $5m
bribe: Bring proof
Meanwhile, the UNC's election campaign manager and
strategist for the UNC, Rodney Charles also said Peters' claims
could not hurt the party.
"His statements cannot damage the UNC. Whatever we do is
subject to polling data and the polling data shows that Paray
will bring home the seat by a significant number of votes. He
also challenged Peters to prove his allegations.
"It is absolute unfounded nonsense and the PNM thrives on it,"
Responding to the $5 million bribe allegation, Charles added:
"That never happened. This is utter nonsense. I want to make it
clear no $5 million was spent by anyone and we challenge them
to bring the facts or shut up."
'UNC NOT RACIAL PARTY'
Mayaro residents on Gypsy's resignations:
He should have
gone long time
attends to a
customer in the
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