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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 17, 2013
UNC Chaguanas West candidate
Khadijah Ameen is warning con-
stituents to beware of political scav-
engers who prey on their personal
Ameen, backed by some 14 govern-
ment MPs and addressing a crowd of
more than 4,000 at the Chaguanas
Government Primary School, said:
"Don t let anyone give you a little $200
from their pocket and make you feel
you owe them for life.
"Do not let anyone use your circum-
stances for their own selfish political
ambitions. They will come and meet
your sick mother. They will come in
your family s funeral. They will cry with
"Do not let these political scavengers
prey on your personal tragedies."
One of Ameen s rivals in the Chagua-
nas West July 29 by-election is Jack
Warner, the former MP, who resigned
and is recontesting the seat with his
own party, the Independent Liberal
She reminded constituents there were
government programmes to assist the
less fortunate, like home repair grants
of up to $10,000. Fire victims could get
materials to repair their homes imme-
diately and those who had lost loved
ones could receive as much as $7,000
in funeral grants, it was stated.
Ameen said her support had been
growing every day... "more constituents
are coming back home..." and she was
confident of victory.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan,
addressing the crowd, announced there
were 16 Christians, 11 Hindus and four
Muslims in the People s Partnership
His disclosure of the religions of gov-
ernment MPs came after he recalled
the PNM had three decades of unin-
terrupted rule, from 1956 to 1986, and
could not find a single Hindu to put as
He asked the crowd: "You want to
go back to being invisible? A vote for
I love paisa is a vote for the PNM."
The AG s announcement of the reli-
gious backgrounds of the government
MPs also followed a recent T&T
Guardian report that Nation of Islam
local representative David Muhammad
had said the Government was a "Hindu
government." (See page A11)
Waving a list as hard evidence,
UNC s deputy political leader Dr
Roodal Moonilal suggested Jack
Warner had been an undercover
PNM supporter even while he
was in Government and was
Chaguanas West MP.
Moonilal dropped the shocker,
with a list from the Housing
Development Corporation (HDC)
to prove it, at the UNC s Monday
Night Forum on Xavier Street,
Orchards Gardens, Chaguanas
West, where an intense by-election
campaign is being waged.
He sought to explain what
might be behind Warner s resig-
nation of the seat and his decision
to recontest it under his own
newly-formed party, the Inde-
pendent Liberal Party (ILP).
Addressing a full schoolyard of
UNC supporters at the Chaguanas
Government Primary School, he
asked: "What is being played out
behind our backs? What is hap-
pening? We may have found out
"Because when he was MP for
Chaguanas West, our evidence
suggests he did more to help
members of the PNM than he did
to help members of the UNC.
"I promised I will bring it to
you and I brought it. I have in my
hand a list from the Housing
Development Corporation. This
is a list I got from the HDC.
"All MPs could recommend per-
sons for housing... all members,
whether the PNM, the UNC, the
Noting the recommendations
were forwarded to the HDC for
processing, Moonilal added:
"I have a list from the HDC
(showing) 342 persons recom-
mended for housing by the former
MP Jack Warner."
Moonilal threw out a challenge:
"Anybody who wants to check
this, meet me in Felicity Wednes-
day morning ten o clock. This is
the official document.
He said: "In this list, there are
21 persons from Chaguanas West.
Twenty-one persons, out of 342.
That is six per cent. You know
how much people it has from
"Three people from Felicity.
That is one house a year."
Moonilal claimed there were
people who visited Warner at his
office in the wee hours of the
morning, at 1 am and 2 am, and
added: "It wasn t Chaguanas West
business. I don t know who busi-
ness it was at that hour of the
Reading out the addresses of
the people Warner recommended
for housing, he said they were
from the PNM s 12 seats.
"Mt Hope, San Juan, Laventille,
Moruga, Santa Cruz, Sangre
Grande, Diego Martin, Morvant,
Point Fortin, Toco, Marabella,
Trincity. We could go on and on,
you will not see people from
"So when we thought he was
representing the people of
Chaguanas West, he was repre-
senting the 12 seats held by the
PNM," he said.
Moonilal assured the con-
stituents when UNC candidate
Khadijah Ameen recommended
people for housing (if she won the
July 29 by-election) 100 per cent
would be from Chaguanas West.
Describing the Opposition s
Avinash Singh as a "paper can-
didate," he said the PNM s real
candidate was Warner.
Moonilal added: "His objective
is to divide this seat and to ensure
the PNM or Jack Warner, one or
the other, wins this seat.
"This seat has voted since 1950
for members of the Opposition or
candidates that are not PNM.
"Why today, 2013, Jack Warner
wants to take Chaguanas West to
Moonilal said the ILP s cam-
paign song, a rap performed by
Warner himself---Moonilal Cooni-
lal---shows the disrespect and his-
torical prejudice East Indians had
"My name is Moonilal, a beau-
tiful Hindi name, but they are
making fun of that," he said.
Warner, contacted for a
response to Moonilal s allegations,
said: "I am not responding to any-
thing until Friday night. All I could
say is get a front seat." (YB)
Moonilal: Warner was
undercover PNM supporter
Kadeez Ramroop, right, who turned up at the UNC's Monday Night Forum wearing this Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) T-shirt which he holds, poses in a UNC T-shirt which was given to him by a UNC supporter.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
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