Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lyndira quits Senate and UNC; might join Jack's ILP

File: Lyndira Oudit - resigns from senate and UNC, might join ILP
Senate Vice President Lyndira Oudit announced on Tuesday that she has quit her post and has also resigned from the United National Congress (UNC). 

Oudit made the announcement in a radio interview, stating that she is disappointed with many things about her party.

Oudit served in the Senate while Basdeo panday was opposition leader but broke ranks with Panday in December 2009 and announced that she would support Kamla Persad-Bissessar for the UNC leadership. That put her on a collision course with the Panday team, headed at the time by Dr Roodal Moonilal since she had previously said she would support Panday for UNC leader.

However she stated that she gave the commitment to panday before Persad-Bissessar decided that she would run for the leadership and felt that Persad-Bissessar was the best choice to lead the UNC. 

She won the post of Deputy Leader of the UNC in the 2010 UNC internal election in which the party members elected Persad-Bissessar to replace Panday.Panday remained leader of the opposition for one month after his defeat and used the opportunity to fire Oudit from the senate. When Persad-Bissessar took over as opposition leader she asked President Richards to reinstate Oudit as a senator.

In the 2010 general election the UNC rejected Oudit for the Couva South seat in favour of Rudranath Indarsingh but she stuck with the party. Her reward was the Senate appointment and the post of Vice President.

She told her radio audience that she is considering joining the month-old Independent Liberal Party (ILP), led by Jack Warner. In the 2012 internal election Warner endorsed her for deputy chairman of the UNC and also supported Herbert Volney and Fuad Khan for the posts of Deputy Leaders.

File: Oudit performs aarti for Jack. Photo
Oudit is the second high profile member of the UNC to resign in the past month. The other is Volney. The St Joseph MP was fired from cabinet last year over the Section 34 matter. While he has left the party he is remaining as the MP.

The People's partnership won 29 seats in the House of Representatives in the May 24, 2010 election, with the UNC winning a clear majority of 21. 

With the departure of Warner and Volney the Partnership is now reduced to 27, since Warner and Volney were elected in 2010 as UNC members. Oudit's departure doesn't change the balance in the unelected upper house, where the partnership has 16 of the 31 members.

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