Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Withdraw your nomination," Kamla tells Jack

Kamla Persad-Bissessar: "When is Mr Warner going to attack Rowley?"
Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Monday took the gloves off and accused Jack Warner of working with the People's National Movement (PNM) to hand Chaguanas West to the opposition. 

And she said if Warner genuinely wants to be a part of the People's Partnership he can demonstrate his sincerity by pulling out of the July 29 byelection.

"Withdraw your nomination now!" she declared in a speech at the Warren Road Regional Complex. The political leader of the United national Congress (UNC) said Warner's objective is sit with the opposition as an ally. She said that is why the PNM put a weak candidate to contest the election and why Keith Rowley would never walk in Chaguanas West.

"When is Mr. Warner going to attack Rowley?" she asked. She noted that Warner is attacking members of her cabinet while he is leaving the PNM alone. "Will you allow Mr. Warner to kick you out of your own house?" 

Persad-Bissesssar suggested that Warner's plan is to get rid of the key ministers around her so that she is left standing alone and vulnerable. But she said that won't happen. "Never will I stand alone!" she declared. And she said if those around her fall then the government falls. "If you remove these people you will never see government again," she said.

She said former UNC leader Basdeo Panday gave Warner "political shelter" by handing him what she called the safest UNC seat in the country.

The UNC leader also made it clear that there is no room for Warner and his party - the Independent Liberal Party - in the People's Partnership although she admitted that he is just one member of the coalition and the partnership members decide.

She wondered how the former MP could seriously expect to be a member of a coalition while fighting an election against a member of that coalition. "Why is he fighting the People’s Partnership candidate?" she asked. 

"Our Partnership members are supporting your candidate and have stated so publicly. You have to separate the public relations from reality. You cannot say you want to be a part of a coalition but before you even apply for membership you engage in a war with a candidate who is endorsed by that coalition."

Persad-Bissesssar reminded her audience of the founding principles of the partnership based on the Fyzabad Declaration. "Your former MP was one of the architects of that coalition," she said. 

"That declaration stated that the Partners would commit to adopt Principles and Codes of Conduct whereby the interest of our beloved Country is and shall be put before party and individual self-interest," she said.

The UNC leader also accused the former cabinet minister of using his wealth to buy support and stated that people from Warner's camp offered a UNC activist $20,000 to change loyalties. 

She said Warner would use his wealth for an expensive multimedia campaign but she and the UNC would walk among the people everyday. Her next walkabout is on Tuesday, starting at 3 p.m. from the CWC campaign office.

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