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Chairman of the Youth Arm of
the Independent Liberal Party (ILP)
Virmala Balkaran has resigned from
Balkaran also resigned as a mem-
ber of the interim executive of the
In a letter directed to party leader
Jack Warner, Balkaran said her res-
ignation was because the party had
"lost its political glow and the nov-
elty and excitement has worn off."
In her letter, she also highlighted
attacks on ousted member Faaiq
Mohammed as a major factor. She
described Mohammed's stand
against the party as a "conscience
"He was entitled to represent the
views of the people that elected him.
In the same way as I was duty bound
to represent the views of the mem-
bers of the youth arm, he was duty
bound to represent the views of the
people. The condemnation and
humiliation for expressing a different
view is undemocratic and contrary
to the principles that I thought this
party stood for," she said.
She said she was "extremely dis-
appointed" that Mohammed had
been "terrorised, intimidated and
harassed" since he voted against the
She also said that the ILP "to the
dismay of the youth arm" started
"It also poached on the existing
cast of UNC members. They found
this to be hypocritical and impossible
to reconcile with the vision of change
that was originally enunciated. The
inclusion of certain persons on the
executive acted as a repellent and
the strong concerns I previously
articulated about their frontline
involvement were not given due
respect or genuine consideration,"
Balkaran said the party had been
"in a state of decline" since both
the local government elections and
St Joseph by-election on October 21
and November 4 respectively.
"The mud-slinging and character
assassination that have sometimes
characterised our political platform
has overwhelmed the focus on the
real issues that are affecting our
nation and in particular, the youths.
I have even heard youths go on our
platforms and speak in a manner
that was not respectful and did not
reflect well on the youth membership
of the party," she said.
She said she could not identify
with that type of politics.
"It became a retrograde step in
our politics that takes us backward
instead of forward," she said.
...defends Faaiq Mohammed's vote
ILP Youth Arm chairman resigns
Newly elected Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan, left, hit the ground running yesterday, as he toured the
borough. Boodhan, elected on Friday, was later joined by Stephen Cadiz, the Chaguanas East MP. Here,
Boodan is with councillors Momena Hosein, second from left, and Vandana Mohit, third from left, as he
speaks to other members of his ground team. PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Jack: Govt bribes
obscene and vulgar
From Page 1
In the recording, the man told
Mahabir that the offer could "drasti-
cally" change his life and that of his
When Mahabir pressed further to
secure an amount, he was told the
financial inducement could be as much
as $5 million.
The call, they say, came at 11.10 am
on Friday, just hours before the dead-
lock broke and United National Con-
gress councillor Gopaul Boodan was
named as the new mayor.
"In less than 48 hours, I assure you
I will say much more," Warner said
Warner promised to release the
recording and transcripts of it after he
met with relevant police officials.
"There are other issues which involve
me now and they are coming after
me," he said.
The matter, he said, would be inves-
"The pressures and inducement have
not stopped," he said.
He said that money was being paid
through "Government kickbacks."
He said unlike the Congress of the
People, the ILP will not be bought for
"The ILP will not be part of that,"
Warner said Mahabir's Cepep con-
tract was also taken away by a Gov-
"He has been offered more than $5
million, a house, an SUV and he would
get back his Cepep contract," he said.
Mahabir said despite being in the
middle of this tug-of-war, he was not
concerned for his own safety.
Warner said he was not concerned
about the threat of legal action after
the fallout between him and
Mohammed. "If I didn't have to give
it to my lawyer, I would have thrown
it in the bin," he said.
Ambassador to the United
States Dr Neil Parsan, yesterday
said he has not been
approached by international
authorities to discuss the details
of a recent legal case that
allegedly named Trinidad and
Tobago as the transshipment
point for guns, drugs and ter-
The matter was reportedly
part of a case heard in the New
York courts on Thursday which
implicated Dino Bouterse, the
son of Surinamese president Desi
Boutersein in a multi-million
dollar cocaine bust. Edmund
Quincy Muntslag, who is cur-
rently serving time in local pris-
ons while awaiting extradition
to the US as part of the drug
smuggling ring, was also named.
"I am aware of the matter and
to date no request has been made
for any action or commentary
on same," Parsan told the Sunday
According to international
reports, Bouterse also faced addi-
tional charges of "attempting to
supply weapons to Hezbollah"
to facilitate an attack against
American targets. Muntslag has
not been linked to those charges.
In September, Muntslag went
before Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar at the Port-of-
Spain Eighth Magistrates Court
where his lawyer Keith Scotland
was seeking bail for his client.
Muntslag was detained in
Trinidad on August 29. He
accused the younger Bouterse of
conspiracy to export five kilos
of cocaine into the US between
2011 and this year.
Munstlag's case is expected to
be heard on December 3.
Parsan: No calls for action on T&T as
transshipment point for guns, drugs
Works Minister Dr Suruj Ram-
bachan yesterday called on Independ-
ent Liberal Party (ILP) interim leader
Jack Warner to "bring the evidence"
of the alleged bribery he was attribut-
ing to the Government.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Rambachan said the Government did
not bribe any member of the ILP.
"That is completely unfounded and
foolish," he said.
"Mr Warner is delusional and
believing his own lies."
While Rambachan said he "pitied"
Warner, he described him as a "court
jester and joker."
"He said Mr (Faaiq) Mohammed
was paid some $2.5 million, then said
that Mr Mohammed walk out with
that money in cash, then said he had
some deed as evidence but that
amounted to nothing," he said.
Rambachan said was "falling apart."
He also dismissed allegations that
he had anything to do with the rev-
ocation of ILP councillor Simeon
Mahabir's Cepep contract or subse-
quent offers to reinstate same.
"Am I the Minister of Housing?"
He said instead of pointing fingers,
Warner should talk to his own coun-
Suruj to Warner:
Bring the evidence
...'It's foolish and unfounded'
CHAGUANAS MAYOR HITS THE ROAD
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