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Q: Mr Bharath, did you
in your wildest political
dreams ever think the
UNC would reach this stage, hav-
ing to defend one of its seats in
a by-election scenario?
A: (A sombre expression
at his Nicholas Tower
office, downtown Port-
of-Spain, Wednesday afternoon)
Well, I think those who are more
experienced than I am in politics
will tell you that you always have
to expect the unexpected.
But it is not a major shock or
surprise to me because this is not
the first time this has happened
in the political landscape.
But hasn t the Prime Minister
on more than one occasion boast-
ed that the People s Partnership
administration and the UNC, the
major component of the coalition,
are strong and so on?
The record will show that Mr
Warner resigned on his own voli-
tion and there has been no ques-
tion of him being kicked out of
the posts he recently quit.
The fact is because the party is
strong and has the proper struc-
tures in place that resignation from
someone with the status of Mr
Warner could be accepted and the
party will continue to function.
Isn t this situation giving the
Opposition ammunition to fire at
the PP regime?
One could say that, but I think
also that as leaders in our own
right we have got to always do
what we think is right for the
country and minister Warner at
this time has felt he has done the
right thing in the interest of the
Even though he has said he vol-
unteered his resignation, there is
still the lingering perception that
he was forced to do so by the
(A huge grin) Well, I can t com-
ment on that, because I was not
in the room with both of them, so
I have to go with what they both
said, which is that he volunteered
his resignation from the Cabinet
as Minister of National Security.
I want to suggest that you are
being very diplomatic in that
(Bursts out laughing) I generally
try to be as open and honest as I
can and as I said truthfully, I don t
know the answer to that question
and I repeat, both of them have
said publicly he was not forced to
quit his cabinet post.
I am sure that the PP s detrac-
tors are saying the PP is on its
back leg and they could bowl
them out any time now.
(Clearing his throat): That
would be a major mistake for any-
one to think; the party is extremely
strong and it has been well estab-
lished for a long time. We do have
functioning arms of the party and
you know that every organisation
here and abroad will have issues
to deal with from time to time.
And how you deal with them is
how you come out of them.
Mr Bharath, your critics are
saying that in spite of the spin
coming from the party that the
democratic process is at work,
the PP does not enjoy the same
numerical and other kind of sup-
port it did in May 2010?
Clevon, the majority of people
have confidence in the party, which
has embarked on a tremendous
amount of work. A lot of it was
corrective work, a lot is new work.
And if one should separate a lot
of the negative noise from the work
that the Government is doing you
will see that there has been a
tremendous amount of work...
Infrastructural, creation of jobs
and new investment coming to
T&T. So I think generally the peo-
ple still have that level of confi-
dence in the PP Government that
it is still the best to govern T&T.
Mr Minister, even though you
are speaking optimistically about
the performance of the Govern-
ment, there is this nagging per-
ception of cracks in the PP
Well, there would always be crit-
icisms from small pockets of peo-
ple who obviously have their own
But you see, Clevon, I was hop-
ing that (slight frown) we could
concentrate on the many of the
good pieces of work that the Gov-
ernment has embarked upon.
(Quickly stressing) I am in no
way suggesting that you conduct
your interview in any particular
style, but the Government has been
doing very well in spite of the
many criticisms we are receiving
Before we go there, what does
the staging of the by-election say
about the cohesiveness of the PP
I totally disagree with the propo-
sition that there are cracks in the
PP administration and clearly it is
the democratic process is at work,
and Mr Warner in his own opinion
made the best decision, which is
to resign and to seek re-validation
from his constituents.
That is democracy at work, so
therefore I do not believe there is
the need for any major fixing of
any supposed cracks at this time.
Continued on Page A11
Bharath: PP extremely strong
T&T has taken steps to increase its investment
prospects by implementing measures the
business community has been clamouring for
over the years.
This according to Trade Minister Vasant
Bharath, who, in disclosing two of these
measures which he said would go a long way to
making this country a more investment-friendly
On his possible run for the vacant Chaguanas
West seat given up by former national security
minister Jack Warner, Bharath said he has not
been approached by any UNC official to do so.
...the majority of
confidence in the
party, which has
embarked on a
work, a lot is new
"And if one should
separate a lot of the
negative noise from
the work that the
Government is doing
you will see that
there has been a
Trade Minister Vasant Bharath
with Clevon Raphael
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