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PNM St Joseph by-election
candidate Terrence Deyals-
ingh hit the easterly streets
of Mt Lambert in a walka-
bout yesterday while one of
his opponents, the ILP s Om
Lalla, went on a walkabout
in the westerly Aranguez
Deyalsingh walked with a
group of red-clad PNMites,
led by a loudspeaker. Also
accompanying him were cam-
paign manager John Rahael
and PNM St Joseph con-
Lalla was introduced to the
Aranguez area by ILP leader
Jack Warner. They were
accompanied by several music
trucks, loudspeakers and a
large following of green-clad
supporters, including psychic
Yesenia Gonzales and former
St Joseph MP Herbert Volney,
plus several ILP candidates
who had participated---and
lost---in Monday s local gov-
Deyalsingh started off his
walkabout near Willo s Bar,
Mt Lambert, and Lalla began
not far from Killey s bar in
The loudspeaker accompa-
nying Deyalsingh urged res-
idents to come out and meet
him as his group made their
walk at about 3.30 pm.
Many homes were closed
but some residents came out.
Others whom he approached
greeted him, shook his hand
or hugged him.
"We re glad to see him in
the area. We have not had
things fixed since Augustus
Ramrekersingh s time," said
Her neighbour shook hands
with Deyalsingh over her gate.
Agnes Richards, who said
she was blind, said she would
support Deyalsingh, whom
she embraced when he went
up to her gateway.
Deyalsingh was begged for
jerseys by a group of young
students at Mt Lambert RC
School who posed happily
A woman in the PNM team
told the T&T Guardian to take
pictures at a particular house,
saying the occupant was a
PNM founding member. The
occupant, who greeted
Deyalsingh warmly, was 90-
year-old Fitzroy Thomas.
In Aranguez, ILP supporters
gave out ILP flyers and jerseys
as Warner strode the streets
shaking hands with people
and presenting Lalla.
While the PNM and ILP
candidates were on the south-
ern side of the St Joseph con-
stituency, the UNC was on
the northern side near Quar-
ry Drive, Champs Fleurs,
where candidate Ian Alleyne
also did a walkabout.
Three parties hit St Joseph streets
Congress of the People (COP) leader
Prakash Ramadhar will not resign just to
please what he described as a possible "cabal"
within his party.
He also admitted the party s continued
alignment to the United National Congress
(UNC) had contributed to the loss at the polls.
"As we campaigned, a lot of the ground,
a lot of the errors of our partners affected us,"
Ramadhar said to "say differently would
not be honest."
He also reiterated his commitment to the
coalition Government, even at the risk of
exacerbating a rift within the COP.
"Resignation is not an option for me at this
point in time," he said yesterday.
Ramadhar challenged those who were
against his leadership to throw their hats in
the ring at the next round of internal elections.
He said the internal friction was damaging
Speaking at the Curepe campaign base, St
Augustine, for candidate Anita Seeram yes-
terday, Ramadhar said those calling for his
removal had never worked toward building
His statement came just two hours after a
rebel group, including his brother Kishore
Ramadhar, called for the entire executive to
be removed after the party s wipe-out at Mon-
day s local government elections.
Ramadhar claimed he did not know of the
meeting but said he was not surprised by who
made the call.
He said: "Those are the usual suspects who
have been at the insistence of, first of all, not
coming into partnership. They were insisting
since then that we left the partnership.
"That group has been together for some
time, talking with one voice but not working
with one effort toward building the party but
always about breaking it.
"I have entertained all sort of thoughts,
what is best for T&T, what is best for my
On the prospect of resigning, he said: "I
will consider it but I do not see that at this
time. I am speaking to many others about
what is the best course for the party, for our
Ramadhar admitted he was in a difficult
position, caught between his party s internal
politics and the commitment to the coalition.
"The challenge is that balance because
many have said that the UNC has basically
taken over the COP which is not true," he
He maintained that the COP was an inde-
pendent party within the coalition, saying it
was impossible to effect change from outside
the government. He pointed at the Movement
for Social Justice as proof.
Ramadhar also recalled that whenever that
group called for the COP to leave the party,
the national council always voted unanimously
for it to stay.
"They have been internally attempting to
destroy the COP, for whatever reason. You
might appreciate that one of them is the son
of a candidate who went up for leadership."
"But," he added, "they are entitled to their
He said anyone who accused him of being
power-hungry was "totally insane".
"I am anything but. We have given of our-
selves selflessly. What power are we talking
"If it is then that I am power-hungry, well,
why are we in partnership? I could have done
like others and gone out and march and make
noises," he added.
He said the existence of the COP within
the coalition would only be in jeopardy if there
was no change within the partnership.
"It s all about the work and there are very
few people that are about that," he added.
Ramadhar on COP cabal:
not an option
PNM St Joseph candidate Terrence Deyalsingh measures a PNM jersey on a member of the
public during his walkabout in Mt Lambert yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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