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Jack Warner says he has a Plan B and
a Plan C in the event he isn t chosen as
the UNC s candidate for the Chaguanas
"But everything will be done in the
fullness of time...I m keeping my options
open," Warner added to questions
whether he would "walk off into the sun-
"There s no bitterness on my part or
hatred, I m doing what I think is right,"
Warner outlined his position minutes
after the Chaguanas West seat was
declared vacant by House Speaker Wade
Warner came to the Parliament yes-
terday to hear the seat being declared
Entering the Parliament and sitting in
the public gallery, he was greeted by sev-
eral PP MPs, including backbenchers and
frontliner Chandresh Sharma. Embracing
Sharma, he told him, "We re all UNC."
Mark said he had received a letter from
Warner dated April 26 informing of his
decision to resign as MP for Chaguanas
West with effect from midnight on April
26.He said the letter also said Warner had
enjoyed his stint in Parliament under
Mark because the Speaker at all times
demonstrated fairness and impartiality
in his judgments, "thereby maintaining
the sanctity of the House."
Noting Section 69 (3) of the Consti-
tution on a vacancy in a parliamentary
seat, Mark added: "In view of the fore-
going, I hereby declare the seat of
Chaguanas West vacant."
Immediately after Mark concluded,
Warner left the Parliament chamber,
around 1.40 pm.
He told reporters the resignation was
in keeping with the Westminster system
and what the PP espoused.
"We said we must go back to the peo-
ple and have a recall whenever there is
dissatisfaction of any kind, we must seek
revalidation," he said.
Saying he would intensify his cam-
paign after screening, Warner reiterated
his call for the by-election to be held
soon rather than in the month of
Ramadan. He said the act allowed the
election to be held in 35 days but no later
than 90 days after the seat was declared
"We as a party are more Hindu-based
but that doesn t preclude us from
respecting religious observances of other
religious bodies," he said.
Asked whether he felt Sharma was
part of the "cabal" that he claimed con-
trolled the Cabinet, Warner said: "I don t
want to go on any attack at this time.
It may be necessary later on, but we re
in a UNC family and I have no intention
of attacking anybody save possibly the
one who I said was deserving of it."
He said only three of his colleagues
had kept in contact with him. Others
had not, he said, nor had the Prime Min-
ister talked to him since he resigned, or
he to her.
"It s times like these you really know
who your friends are and three of them
have come forward here and I thank
them," Warner added.
He said he d given the PM advice unso-
licited and if she didn t take it, he remind-
ed that Louis XVI of France had thought
he was ruling France the best and made
the mistake of not knowing what was
happening outside of Versailles.
"I hope to God our Government isn t
doing the same," he added.
Asked if he felt the loss of his seat,
Warner said one should never become
too attached to things "you can t deal
with." He said, however, if he didn t have
the friends he had in Parliament he d
have been a failure.
He said he built the UNC into a rain-
bow party and it would be a sad day for
T&T if "it reverted to what it was pre-
"Where a vacancy occurs in the
House of Representatives within the
first four years of the life of the
Parliament a by-election shall be held
to fill such a vacancy not later than
90 days from the date of the
announcement of the vacancy."
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS:
BEAT OF THE DRUMS
Speaker declares Chaguanas West seat vacant...
Jack: I'm keeping my options open
Students from Goodwill Industries perform during the Music Festival for the Disabled at the Southern
Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando, yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Party organiser of the UNC Chan-
dresh Sharma said the election
machinery has kicked in and the party
is ready to contest the Chaguanas
West seat, now that its has been offi-
cially declared vacant.
Speaking with reporters after he
addressed a public consultation on the
Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Bill
2013 at the Passage to Asia restaurant,
Chaguanas, yesterday, Sharma said the
various arms in the party are ready for
the by-election which is expected to
come within the next 90 days. Sharma
said the party s screening committee
is part of the executive so it does not
have to be reconstituted for the election
to take place.
"That always obtains," he said,
adding that the internal election mech-
anisms would begin once the election
date is declared.Sharma explained their
members are focused in different areas.
"You have those who are doing the
screening, those who are doing cam-
paigning, those who are doing mes-
saging, those who are doing field work
for when that time comes," he said.
The Transport Minister dismissed
allegations that Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and former MP Jack
Warner were involved in a public tit-
"There is no tit-for-tat. It is good
media coverage because you have to
keep the country excited and some
people find different ways to do it," he
Commenting on Persad-Bissessar s
statement on Tuesday that any UNC
member who contests elections on an
independent ticket would face expulsion
from the party, Sharma said that it is
"All political organisations the UNC,
the COP (Congress of the People) and
others will have rules of engagement
and the rules of engagement have to
be observed by all players," he said.
"So that will obtain in any organ-
isations, whether it is the PNM (People s
National Movement), the UNC, the
NAR (National Alliance for Reconstruc-
tion). It is no different in that context,"
The Fyzabad MP dismissed allega-
tions that he was part of a cabal in the
"There is no room for a cabal...There
is room for intelligence at work at all
times and keeping to the law at all the
time," he said.
He said talk of a cabal in the Gov-
ernment was nothing new since such
allegations were made under all regimes,
including the PNM.
Sharma: UNC ready
to contest by-election
Former Chaguanas West MP speaking to the media outside of
Parliament yesterday. PHOTO ABRAHAM DIAZ
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