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The United National Congress
(UNC) and the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) must unite in order to
defeat their common political
enemy, the People s National Move-
So said Public Utilities Minister
Nizam Baksh yesterday as he shared
his views on Monday s local govern-
ment election results.
Baksh, speaking with the T&T
Guardian at his Naparima constituen-
cy office, Manahambre Road, Cedar
Hill, Princes Town, said now that the
gruelling campaign was over, the
"healing must begin."
He said the ILP split the vote in
many areas and this led to the People s
National Movement (PNM) clinching
victory in many electoral districts.
Now that the results are out, Baksh
said, unity must be contemplated by
He said such acts of unity after
intense campaigning were nothing
new. "In politics you always have
strange bedfellows and we need to
sit and chat with the people of the
ILP and see if there is some kind of
arrangement that could come togeth-
er," he said.
"On our own, nobody will be vic-
torious, we are just destroying our-
selves there. We need to come togeth-
er and ensure that we stay together
and mobilise on the ground, because
all that we are doing here is for the
benefit of the citizens of this country."
Yesterday, Baksh distributed 19
grants to Hindu mandirs and organ-
isations in his constituency for their
Divali celebrations. He said such acts
helped to build communities.
He said now was the time for the
healing between the UNC and the
ILP to begin and it should start in
the Chaguanas Borough Corporation,
where there was a stalemate.
On Monday, the UNC captured
three seats and so too did the PNM.
The ILP won the two remaining seats,
which meant there was no clear win-
ner. The minister said unity was nec-
essary to ensure the PNM did not
gain control of the corporation, and
the ILP and the UNC should patch
up their differences to ensure the
PNM did not add the corporation to
its tally of eight corporations.
"That is the first case we have to
address...We have to take a decision
because if we fail to do that I could
see the PNM winning control because
of the new situation, in terms of the
aldermen and so on," he said.
"They could have the greater num-
ber but if the UNC and the ILP come
together then we could outnumber
the PNM in that area."
He believed such a compromise
would be the first step to the parties
mending fences and unity was key
to keeping the PNM away from gain-
ing power in 2015.
When ILP interim leader Jack
Warner announced the possible return
of former attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj, supporters were
turned off, he felt.
The minister said if the parties did
sit and discuss an arrangement for
the Chaguanas corporation, then they
could look at the upcoming St Joseph
"It depends on the mood at the
time and whether we all see it in the
way that I am seeing. Once those key
players see it that way, certainly we
could have a compromise. I always
believe that in the interest of the
nation, yes it could be done," he said.
He expects that later this week the
UNC will spend some time reviewing
the election outcome and do a post-
mortem on the results.
Baksh said he was pleased with
the results which showed, in his view,
that the party s base support was ral-
lying around the UNC once again.
He said a lot of work needs to be
done by the Congress of the People
(COP) to whip up support.
(See Page A14)
An ILP supporter in deep thought at the party's headquarters on Mulchan
Seuchan Road, Chaguanas, on Monday night. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
UNC supporters dance to music of tassa
drummers during their celebrations at the
party headquarters, Reinzi Complex, Couva,
on Monday night. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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