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Alleyne has free
hand to fix woes
That s how United National Congress (UNC)
deputy leader Suruj Rambachan responded to Face-
book criticism of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar s celebratory mood at Rienzi Complex,
Couva, following Monday s election results.
His comments came after a number of Facebook
users posted videos showing her reaction during
her speech to supporters, including her singing, and
criticised it. Some of the videos eventually went
Yesterday, however, Rambachan said the PM was
merely happy that the UNC had won five corpo-
rations to the People s National Movement s eight
and that the UNC had not won less. He said sup-
porters were all euphoric as well.
Several ministers, including Ganga Singh, said
they were not at Rienzi Complex that night and
couldn t comment.
Others said they were all very happy and "elated"
at the outcome, but also recognised the People s
Partnership has work to do and were sure the Prime
Minister recognised that also.
UNC party officials claimed the PNM and other
people who did not support the UNC were behind
some of the condemnatory Facebook posts about
the PM. They said UNC supporters were all just as
happy the party had won "heartland" corporations.
A UNC executive spokesman also said: "In a sit-
uation where the ILP projected confidence of splitting
the PP vote badly, what s there to be unhappy about?
In the fact, even in the face of that, UNC still won
only three corporations less than the PNM.
"We ve said time and again the PNM is our polit-
ical opponent and enemy, so why shouldn t the
leadership be happy? Probably everybody on the
UNC side was and showed it in all kinds of ways.
"The results clearly show the UNC has retained
its support and that is at least one valid reason to
be glad. The analysis later will dwell, ponder and
plan on other issues."
The source also noted, "On television recaps, we
saw ILP leader Jack Warner telling his supporters
on Monday night that it was not an occasion for
them to be unhappy, though we all saw the ILP
didn t win a single corporation and barely held on
to support in Warner s own Chaguanas area.
"ILP leader Anna Deonarine was on TV with a
broad smile on her face that night. So perhaps if
the ILP, which did so badly, can find reasons not
to be unhappy about what happened on Monday,
then it s only fair that UNC members are also entitled
to be happy and to sing if they want---not so?"
Asked about the steep drop in UNC votes from
UNC s 2010 local government results and Monday
night s results, the source said a drop was expected
largely due to the ILP split.
"And the circumstances of the 2010 local gov-
ernment elections were not the same," the source
Suruj: PM was
just happy with
Yesterday, Alleyne was accompanied by
Environment Minister Ganga Singh.
Among complaints made to Alleyne was
the fact that residents on Quarry Drive some-
times only received water once every two
weeks, and had to use a galvanise-covered
well for their daily needs.
No matter what issue was related to
Alleyne, his response was the same---he called
a member of his team and promised residents
they would receive help from the next day.
Upper Quarry Drive resident Michelle
Williams cried on Alleyne s shoulder as she
told him of her needs.
"I need a housing grant, my house falling
apart," Rodriguez said.
Alleyne responded that someone would
contact her today. When Rodriguez said she
needed a food card and for roads to be fixed,
he made her the same promise.
"My son have nine O-levels and he doesn t
have a job," Rodriguez said through tears.
Alleyne s response was: "Let him come to
the office with his CV tomorrow. I am sure
we can find something for him."
Those who did not receive promises got
UNC copybooks, T-shirts, buttons and mugs.
In an interview during the walkabout,
Alleyne said he was shocked by what he was
"I am here to deliver. I am a performer.
We already have projects in Mt Lambert,
Bangladesh and Aranguez under my watch."
He said his arrangement with the Govern-
ment was that he was only contesting the
seat if he could deliver.
"So far I have been given all the resources
so that I can deliver to the people," he added.
On the ILP campaign trail in Aranguez,
San Juan, while the vast majority of residents
welcomed leader Jack Warner and candidate
Om Lalla, at least two openly displayed their
objection during a walkabout.
Almost one hour into the walk, a man
closed his gate as the large group of ILP sup-
porters approached his home on Mary Street.
He was visibly angry.
ILP member Inshan Ishmael attempted to
speak with the man, who started shouting:
"Go from here. All of you are bandits and
thieves, go from here! Get out!"
The man then displayed a metal object in
his hand, causing the members to move on.
Warner and Lalla were quickly advised against
approaching the man as they reached his
Minutes later, there was another incident
in which two uniformed police officers were
forced to direct traffic at an intersection in
the area after a group of ILP supporters caused
a traffic jam as they attempted to cross the
road. An ILP member who was directing traf-
fic was ordered to move by the officers. One
officer with outstretched hands forced the
man to the side of the road. This caused other
supporters to shout "abuse."
The ILP member said to the officer: "Why
you push me, you did not have to push me?"
The other officer who was seated on his
motorcycle advised the member that he was
talking to a uniformed officer. But other sup-
porters again shouted "abuse." Moments later,
Ishmael cautioned supporters to desist and
move on. The walk continued as Warner and
Lalla reached the earlier group.
Minutes later another man wearing a yellow
UNC jersey stood in the middle of the road
and demanded that ILP members and sup-
porters "get out of here."
He shouted, "We don t want you here, get
out of here."
There was no police present for this inci-
dent. The man repeated loudly: "You know
my name? You know my name? They call
He was cautioned by ILP supporters who
were standing around him to be careful as
he was swinging his hands claiming that "this
is my space."
As Warner and Lalla approached, the sup-
porters moved on with their walk.
Later, Warner said the incidents were
"democracy in action."
Saying that he and Lalla shook "thousands
of hands" as they walked the area, Warner
described the walk as "ultra successful." He
said he did not expect such a positive reception
from residents in the "UNC heartland" of
Commenting on the ILP s defeat in the
Felicity district in Monday s local government
elections, Warner said if after the PP gov-
ernment gave residents there 4,000 food
cards and 1,000 box drain contracts the party
only won by 23 votes, the PP has a lot of
work to do again. (See Page A5)
Continued from Page A1
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim leader Jack Warner and St Joseph candidate Om
Lalla speak with a member of the public during their walkabout in Aranguez, San Juan,
yesterday. PHOTO. ABRAHAM DIAZ
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