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Allegations of leaking infor-
mation to the People s National
Movement (PNM), forged sig-
natures and deceit led to Con-
gress of the People (COP) exec-
utive members Kishore
Ramadhar and Rudolph
Hanamji, and Satu Ann Ram-
charan being suspended during
the party s national council
meeting in Chaguanas yester-
However, both men are now
threatening legal action against
fellow executive members, saying
they were set up.
Ramadhar and Hanamji, who
is also chairman of the Diego
Martin West Constituency Coun-
cil, said they also intend to resign
from the party.
Both claimed their signatures
were "forged" on a letter which
alleged they had given informa-
tion to the PNM during the
recent local government elections
and had given the PNM infor-
mation which it used against the
Hanamji, who said the letter
was dated October 1, told the
T&T Guardian: "The letter in
essence mentioned three candi-
dates from the Tunapuna con-
stituency, who were really UNC
members, were put up to the
public as though they were COP
and this information was passed
on to the PNM.
"The motive behind the letter
was to undermine us and portray
us in a bad light," Hanamji added.
Hanamji and Ramadhar, the
brother of COP leader Prakash
Ramadhar, also expressed disap-
pointment at yesterday s meeting
in Chaguanas, which they
claimed "degenerated to an
all time low" and deliberately
failed to address two motions,
titled "resurrection" and "a notice
Hanamji said the first motion,
which was moved by him, dealt
with the proposed removal of
leader Prakash Ramadhar. The
second notion was moved by Kirt
Sinnette to determine whether
the COP should remain in the
People s Partnership.
"We had agreed with the party
to suspend the debate on the
motions for the local government
election and the national council
had agreed that the next meeting
would be devoted to debating the
motions," Hanamji said.
"When we got there today
(yesterday) the chairman of the
party (Carolyn Seepersad-
Bachan) moved her own motion.
It limited the number of speakers
who could debate on the motion
and it also said that only dele-
gates could speak on the motion."
Saying this was in contraven-
tion of the party s convention,
he added that any member
attending the meeting could dis-
cuss any motion laid on the table.
Hanamji said several people
became angry and demanded a
"There was a lot of fighting
and quarrelling and screaming
and eventually it passed,"
The proceedings were also
manipulated to provide an unfair
advantage to "known and vocal"
supporters of the leader, he
Hanamji said in the party there
are delegates elected by the
membership and only they are
allowed to vote at national coun-
cil.A decision, however, was
taken yesterday to make all the
candidates who went up for local
government elections delegates,
Meeting a farce
"There is no provision in the
constitution for that and a lot
of us started clamouring against
that because this would obvi-
ously have an unfair advantage
to support the political leader,"
"Things again broke down and
Kishore and myself refused to
table the motions because we
found the entire thing was a
farce...it would basically be like
going to court and the judge does
not have the ability to decide on
the case, so why bother."
He said after that happened,
Prakash s constituency raised a
motion to have him and Kishore
"The leader (Prakash) told
them to have us suspended with
immediate effect, which again
is against due process because
no real charges have been laid,
we haven t had an opportunity
to defend ourselves so it s like
dictatorship to silence us,"
"This is very sad and unfor-
tunate because this is not the
party that I joined."
Contacted yesterday, Kishore
Ramadhar said it was baffling
that he would sign a document
which said he was leaking infor-
mation to the PNM.
"I am just seeing a document
purportedly signed by myself
and other persons which I did
not sign and would make no
sense to sign alleging that I
passed certain material to the
PNM," he said.
"This is completely untrue
and which I will be contesting
On yesterday s proceedings,
Ramadhar said the political
leader had "consistently failed"
to bring the concept of new pol-
itics to the party.
Calls to the cellphone of COP
leader Prakash Ramadhar were
unsuccessful yesterday and he
did not return calls.
in a television interview last
night, confirmed the party had
suspended the three at yester-
day s meeting. On the issue of
the motions, she said Hanamji
had withdrawn his motion yes-
terday while the other motion
was not moved.
Allegations of collusion with PNM...
"There were no offers, no bribes."
So said Virmala Balkaran yesterday, as she defend-
ed her decision to resign as youth chairman of the
Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
Balkaran, 21, of Chaguanas, tendered her resig-
nation to the party on Saturday, claiming the ILP
had "lost its political glow and the novelty and
excitement has worn off."
Speaking with the T&T Guardian in a telephone
interview yesterday, Balkaran admitted her decision
was partly influenced by the treatment meted out
to expelled ILP Charlieville councillor Faaiq
"Regardless what the allegations are, things should
have been dealt with in a better way," she said.
Mohammed was criticised by ILP leader Jack
Warner and accused of accepting a $2.5 million
bribe to vote with the United National Congress
(UNC) so it could control the corporation.
Mohammed was subsequently expelled from the
Balkaran said as youth chairman people were
questioning why the Mohammed issue was dealt
in such an undignified manner.
"That was what sort of sparked my mentioning
of it in the (resignation) letter," she said.
"It was very scary to see the way people were
behaving and I did not think that we should have
been condoning that regardless of how the executive
While she declined to say if she would remain
a member of the party, Balkaran said she believed
the ILP could achieve its goals if "other people take
a page out of Mr Warner s good standard of char-
Balkaran said since her resignation she has been
receiving positive feedback and was happy to have
been part of the ILP.
She said she still had utmost respect for Warner
and "I admire his sacrifices. He has been one of
my mentors and I will always be thankful to him
for the opportunity to serve T&T alongside him."
Balkaran assured, however, that this is not the
end of her political career, but that she would take
ILP attack on
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