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Secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha
Sabha (SDMS) Sat Maharaj is calling on Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to fire Social Devel-
opment Minister Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh.
Maharaj said Ramadharsingh was now a liability to
the People s Partnership for next year s election and
should offer his resignation to the PM, who must
make a decision to have him dismissed.
He warned that if Persad-Bissessar fails to take
action, the SDMS will wage a war against Ramad-
harsingh, who Maharaj said endangered the lives of
passengers on board a CAL flight from Tobago last
Sunday. On that flight, it was alleged that Ramad-
harsingh allegedly touched the breast of flight attendant
Ronelle Laidlow when he reached for her ID badge.
Ramadharsingh on Friday apologised on Crime
Watch for his actions. He said he held no animos-
"It s something that happened and as I said, to err
is human, to forgive divine," Ramadharsingh told Crime
Watch s host Ian Alleyne.
Maharaj said if Ramadharsingh was not fired "we
will have a helluva fight because he will be an embar-
rassment to the election of the Government. Right
now he is an absolute liability. You cannot do that....
not because you are a minister."
It was the view of the SDMS s hierarchy that Ramad-
harsingh should not be in Government, Maharaj said.
"He should go."
Yesterday, Maharaj raised the issue in Tunapuna at
the SDMS children s phagwa celebration, stating that
Ramadharsingh was neither an exemplar nor a role
model for our nation s children.
"You see, this is one incident we know of. What
about other incidents we have been hearing about
that cannot be substantiated?" he asked.
Maharaj said he cannot ask children to behave in
a civil manner when Ramadharsingh "could behave
like this. That is not good enough. When exemplars
like these misbehave in the public domain---on a flight
that could endanger the lives of people---it is not suf-
ficient to say I am sorry. There must be a price to
pay." Maharaj said there was no need to await an
"He has apologised for his behaviour which is
acknowledgement that, yes, he lost his cool. That is
sufficient for him to say: Madame Prime Minister,
here is my resignation: you decide what should hap-
Asked if he intended to write the PM, Maharaj said,
while he intended to advocate on the radio, the PM
was well informed.
"She will view the video that you could run. She
knows we have taken this action."
Ramadharsingh in response to a text message sent
to him yesterday, wrote: "I am not commenting on
these matters. Thanks."
Persad-Bissessar who was scheduled to attend the
SDMS event yesterday, did not attend.
COP Leader Prakash Ramadhar brought greetings
on behalf of the PM.
Sat Maharaj to PM:
Children enjoying themselves during Phagwa celebration yesterday at the Ramai Trace, Hindu School. (See Page A18)
PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSING
The brother of People s
National Movement (PNM)
political leader contender Pene-
lope Beckles-Robinson was
among ten people arrested yes-
terday for the possession of
guns and ammunition, follow-
ing a raid at two homes in Mal-
the arrest of her brother accord-
ing to CNC3 News report last
The arrests came after four
months of surveillance by the
officers acting sergeant Hay-
wood, Corporal Sookram and
PCs Edwards, Andrews and
Beckles-Robinson s brother,
police said, was found in the first
house with the gun stash.
Beckles-Robinson was expect-
ed to make a statement on the
matter at a political meeting in
Sangre Grande, last night.
Head of the Northern Division
Task Force Senior Supt David
Abraham said four illegal
firearms were recovered during
the exercise in Phase 3 by police.
An AK 47 rifle, two revolvers,
a pump action shot gun, and 72
rounds of ammunition were
seized, Abraham said.
Abraham commended the
officers. He said removing the
high powered firearms off the
streets should help in reducing
He said that acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen
Williams has mandated all divi-
sions to decrease crime.
...among ten held with guns, ammunition in Arima
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