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Whether or not she gets the nod to enter Par-
liament today, United National Congress Chagua-
nas West candidate Khadijah Ameen is now head-
ed towards another " institution"---she s engaged.
The UNC s by-election hopeful yesterday got
engaged to sales representative Mitra Rampersad.
Ameen 32, is said to have known Rampersad
since both were students at the University of the
West Indies St Augustine campus.
The young couple, decked in traditional East
Indian finery, became engaged at the Charlieville
Shiv Mandir in Chaguanas.
Rampersad promised to be at his fiancee s side
no matter what today s outcome would be.
"I ll be there for her," Rampersad said.
Ameen said no wedding date has yet been set
since her focus at the moment is today s Chaguanas
West by-election. She added that "win, lose or
draw," she was going forward.
Ameen said last week that she had been married
for five years several years ago to one Nigel Rostant
and was subsequently divorced. She said she had
not changed her name since the "marriage expired"
before her ID card did.
Three executive members of the Con-
gress of the People (COP) stormed a "pri-
vate meeting" held by the political leader
at a Chaguanas restaurant, yesterday.
Members Kirt Sinnette, Rudy Hanamji
and Kishore Ramadhar, who have moved
a motion to quit the People s Partnership
Government and for the removal of political
leader Prakash Ramadhar, were among three
members who had not been invited to the
Kishore Ramadhar is Prakash Ramadhar s
Sinnette, field operations secretary, and
Hanamji, COP s Diego Martin West con-
stituency chairman, did not disrupt the
four-hour meeting, but did not stay to have
lunch with fellow members at the Kampo
Movers of the motions released a press
release yesterday, saying the meeting as an
attempt to pressure delegates into voting
against the motions.
"The movers view this invitation to
lunch with the political leader as nothing
more than a thinly disguised attempt to
buy votes and exert undue pressure on
members of the national council to go
against the motions Resurrection Motion
and the Notice to Quit."
The movers also stated, "The omission
of three executive members is nothing short
of an expulsion of the movers who are duly
elected officers of the COP.
"The exclusion of only one constituency,
that of the constituency of one of the
movers (Diego Martin West), is tantamount
to excommunicating that constituency from
the rest of the party."
They also demanded an account of how
the function was funded, since the party
claimed its bank account was drained in
order to help the UNC s candidate in today s
Chaguanas West by-election.
In an interview after the meeting,
Ramadhar admitted that the three members
were not invited and said due to limited
resources he could not have invited every-
He said the meeting dealt with a lot of
political issues but did not discuss the
expulsion of anyone from the party.
Asked about Sinnette s and Hanamji s
presence, he said, "they were silent. Unin-
vited they came of course and with the
courtesies of the COP we would not have
raised any issue of they coming into the
meeting and they sat."
Asked if they were the only executive
members uninvited, he said: "No, as I said
there are hundreds and hundreds of workers
throughout the COP, throughout this coun-
"I could not invite every member of the
COP but certainly we wanted to have open
dialogue not to be overshadowed by some
of the issues that they have created, which
have nothing but a distracting value to the
work of the COP."
COP chairman Carolyn Seepersad-
Bachan refuted claims that the function
was a national council meeting.
"It was not a national council meeting
and neither did we speak to any issue of
expulsion," she said.
"I want to say it was not the intention
of this meeting to speak to any of these
issues. Even if it does come up I want to
say that was not the intention of this meet-
ing. Again let me just say that I too was
an invitee. It was the political leader s invi-
However, Hanamji said he and Sinnette
attended the meeting on the instructions
of the people they represent, who were "up
in arms" that they (Hanamji and Sinnette)
were not invited.
Saying that they felt slighted, Hanamji
said, "We saw it as an obvious petty reaction
to the motions."
Hanamji said while no one said anything
directly to them, a lot of "political innu-
endoes" were thrown about during the
As Sinnette left the restaurant he refused
to comment on the meeting, saying "it was
a private meeting."
Tobago Organisation of the People leader Ash-
worth Jack, the two TOP MPs and COP deputy
leader Lincoln Douglas were all absent from last
Saturday s UNC rally at Pierre Road, Chagua-
COP s leadership and senators were present and
COP s MP Anil Roberts was also seen in the crowd.
NJAC was also represented.
COP s MP Winston Dookeran is overseas
according to UNC s Suruj Rambachan. He also
said TOP was represented by senator Christlyn
TOP s Jack had told T&T Guardian last week
that he was uncertain about attending the UNC
rally, since he might have been out of T&T. Jack
didn t reply to any calls, yesterday.
Vernella Alleyne-Toppin from TOP said she was
deeply involved with preparations for Tobago s
annual Heritage Festival all of this week and was
unable to attend. TOP MP Dr Delmon Baker didn t
COP s Douglas, while speaking at COP meetings
in support of the party and the People s Partnership
said last Thursday he was supporting MP Rodger
Samuel s current period of fasting and prayer.
Samuel, who was also absent from the UNC
rally, recently hinted at leaving his job at the Office
of the PM. He said he would not make any decision
until after his fast and prayers ended today.
UNC Pointe-a-Pierre MP Errol McLeod, who
defended the Partnership and delivered warnings
about Warner, also earned a few quizzical looks
during the rally, since he wore a blue shirt---much
like his union days garb---rather than yellow or
white. He was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Muslim women pray at the Jinnah Memorial Mosque on Saturday night at St Joseph in this month of Ramadan. PHOTO:EDISON
miss final rally
to wed beau
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