Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 23rd 2013 Contents A12
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, October 23, 2013
"St Joseph, we are coming for
That was the declaration from
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar as she addressed sup-
porters early yesterday morning
at United National Congress
(UNC) headquarters, Rienzi Com-
Even though the UNC lost sig-
nificant ground in Monday s local
government elections that did not
seem to faze Persad-Bissessar nor
her supporters as they celebrated
well into the wee hours of yester-
She hailed the UNC s capture
of five regional corporations as a
victory for the party.
"God has been good to us. He
does not sleep he only wears pyja-
mas. Felicity, welcome back home.
We won Felicity," she said.
Persad-Bissessar said the battle
was not over.
She pointed to the looming St
Joseph by-election on November
"There is not a minute to rest.
No rest for the wicked. There is
rest for the righteous. Tomorrow
(yesterday) I am going to rest but
on Wednesday (today) we are out.
St Joseph here we come. On this
campaign trail I stand with you,"
she told supporters.
Persad-Bissessar received a
hero s welcome when she exited
her vehicle around 11.30 pm on
Monday night. Five dancers,
dressed in East Indian outfits,
showered the Prime Minister with
confetti as she and her husband,
Gregory, arrived at Rienzi Com-
She was greeted by some of her
Cabinet ministers in the carpark
to tassa drums and booming music
Applause erupted as she entered
the upper floor of complex which
was packed with flag-waving sup-
porters, a far cry from earlier in
the evening when media personnel
When she took the stage shortly
after midnight Persad-Bissessar
praised her supporters for return-
ing the UNC s "heartland," back
into the fold of the party.
Persad-Bissessar said she
warned against splitting votes
which led to the UNC losing some
of the electoral districts it once
She urged supporters in St
Joseph to "not make the same
"Stand up with me, hold my
hand. Let us stand together, come
back home," she said.
Persad-Bissessar urged winning
candidates from the People s
National Movement (PNM) and
the Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) to join with the People s
Partnership and work together.
"We want to ensure that every
citizen is represented. We want to
ensure that. This is not about
party and politics, this is about
the people of T&T. This is about
everyone of you. I will fight for
you, I will continue to fight for
you," she said.
The Prime Minister serenaded
supporters on stage and waved
her yellow scarf as winning can-
didates and Cabinet ministers
joined her on stage.
She presented the candidates
and they vowed to work to deliver
services to citizens.
Persad-Bissessar warned coun-
cillors they must perform or they
would be "fired."
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan, speaking with reporters at
the complex, said he was "very
happy" with the results.
"I think the UNC as a party did
extremely well. You may recall
that prior to the elections people
were saying there was a race
between the PNM and the ILP
and they were predicting signif-
icant incursions into the UNC
areas by the ILP and that did not
materialise. The UNC has rallied
around the political leader," he
Ramlogan said ILP leader Jack
Warner needed to reflect on his
party s performance at the polls.
Food production Minister
Devant Maharaj told reporters he
felt good about the results. How-
PM not fazed by
ever, he said, there were some areas
he wished could have gone to the UNC.
Both Maharaj and Minister in the
Ministry of Finance Rudranath Indars-
ingh said they were pleased that the
ILP failed to capture the coveted Felic-
Indarsingh said that was an indica-
tion that the people has "rejected" the
ILP, since that district was in the heart
of the Chaguanas West constituency,
a seat held by ILP interim leader Jack
He said he was pleased that the
Corporation was returned to the UNC
with resounding results.
However, he said, the UNC lost the
California electoral district because of
split votes in area.
Maharaj said while he would have
liked the results to be more favourable
for the party, he said it had not knocked
the wind out of the UNC s sails as it
headed into the St Joseph by-election
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar sings to supporters during the party's
celebrations at Reinzi Complex, Couva, on Monday night.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Links Archive October 22nd 2013 October 24th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page