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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 30, 2015
If he succeeds as political leader in the
December 5 internal elections, Dr Roodal
Moonilal plans to invite Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and Basdeo Panday to be part
of a leadership advisory team.
He was speaking during a walkabout in
Persad-Bissessar s constituency of Siparia
Moonilal said: "It is our intention to invite
Persad-Bissessar if we are successful to be
part of a leadership advisory team that will
continue to provide guidance and advice
to the new executive. That team
members will include Panday and
Winston Dookeran, the former
leaders of the party."
Moonilal said all three lead-
ers will have the opportunity
to contribute to the party.
"They will be invited at
every executive meeting
and that is how we intend
to keep Persad-Bissessar
in the party. We plan for
her to play a very impor-
tant role. I think we cannot
win the next government
without Mrs Persad-
Bissessar," Moonilal said.
However, he said his
UNC Loyalists slate was
facing a severe disadvan-
tage because it had not yet
received a soft copy of the
"We have a hard copy of
the list but the problem is
the voters list is scrambled.
It is in alphabetical order
and not in order of street
or polling division like what
they provide by the EBC.
"It is taking a great deal
of time to decipher and
work through that scram-
bled list," Moonilal said.
He said that his team is
continuing to call on mem-
bers to vote for the slate.
"We have our people
working on the list and we
made an appeal last night for
(information technology) IT persons to
call us and join us so they could help and
deconstruct the list."
Moonilal said in the absence of a soft
copy, his team has been literally photo-
copying 20,000 pages.
"The list has 95,000 names. We have
made an official complaint to the election
committee that I don t understand why
we cannot get a soft copy. It is the hard
copy we are working with.
"People have to go in an office with
copy book and write down the names and
numbers of their street and so on." He
also said that the names of several coun-
cillors and UNC chairmen were not on
"There is no explanation as to why peo-
ple s names are off. It is a very disturbing
trend," Moonilal said that many of Per-
sad-Bissessar s constituents were eager
for change in the party and were thankful
to her for the contribution she made to
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has warned her opponents
Vasant Bharath and Dr Roodal Moonilal
that they will never see the corridors
of power when she leads the UNC to
its second election victory.
Speaking before a packed crowd at the
Cunjal Community Centre in Barrackpore
on Saturday night, Persad-Bissessar said
her opponents wanted her out of the
party because they believed she caused
the party to suffer five election defeats.
"These big hardbacked men will not
admit they had a part to play on whatever
fate the party suffered but they here run-
ning up and down crying Kamla, Kamla,
Kamla. It was the same Kamla who took
us to government and it will be the same
Kamla who will take us to government
again. But when we go back in govern-
ment, those people who abused you,
rough you up, treat you bad. They
will not be going back to gov-
ernment with us," Persad-
Calling both men cow-
ards, Persad-Bissessar said:
"Some of the same people
who helped to make us lose
those elections are the same
people today who want to fight me
for leadership. But where were they
in all these elections? Were they not
part of the team, part of the party, part
of the government? They saying Kamla
alone lost the five elections. It cannot
be that Kamla alone lost. Those men
sat at my right hand."
"They enjoyed the government. That
is the way of a coward. They will not
own up and say together we may have
made mistakes and together we will
deal with those mistakes and improve
and make a way forward."
Calling on supporters to place their
X by the star, Persad-Bissessar said she
wanted a national executive that was
loyal to her.
"I need a team who will work with
me, a team that is fully supportive. I
had enough trouble with some of them
over the past five years. Don t vote for
any other member from any other slate.
When I am working I don t want to
have to worry about who is stabbing
me behind my back," Persad-Bissessar
She said many people have asked her
why she was continuing to fight for
"They saying why don t you stay
home with the family, enjoy life, do
some cooking? But when I come to
these meetings I am so inspired by your
love. I look around and see how much
work we still have to finish," Persad-
She said one of the UNC slates had
a lot of money for full page newspaper
ads and were now using music trucks
to mobilise support.
Former Minister of the People Chris-
tine Newallo-Hosein said that Persad-
Bissessar had the cross-over appeal to
take the UNC into victory next elections.
Pointe-a-Pierre MP Dr David Lee said
if Team UNC wins it will begin a review
of the constitution, establish a building
fund to secure a proper home for the
party, establish a code of conduct for
all members, build an effective model
of communication and be a strong voice
for the people of T&T.
Moonilal extends offer
'No room for
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