|File: UNC Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at a party rally in July 2013|
On Sunday, Vasant Bharath made it clear that he does not have any intention of challenging his leader in the UNC's internal election, due this year. He was reacting to a media report that suggested he was campaigning in Chaguanas West to build support for a leadership challenge.
But he quickly shut down that rumour. "I want to assure the entire country that once Kamla Persad-Bissesar is there she has my complete and total support as leader of the party. Anyone will tell you there is no leadership issue, no vacancy for leader as far as we are concerned,” he told reporters.
And later in the week deputy leader Roodal Moonilal also said he fully backs his leader and has no ambition of seeking the UNC leadership.
Moonilal told local media, under Persad-Bissessar's leadership the party is "the most stable it has been in history." He added, "We have nothing to worry about; this is the calmest the party has been," noting that Persad-Bissessar has "presided over an unprecedented period of growth and stability of the party."
And on Wednesday the UNC women decided to unanimously throw its support behind political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar in “any upcoming election that the National Executive of the UNC may have in the future.”
The group said the decision was made when a resolution expressing the women’s arm support was tabled at a meeting on Wednesday at the Preysal Community Centre.
The motion resolved to "express its fullest support to the Hononourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar as both Prime Minister and Political Leader of the UNC to continue to lead the country and our beloved party”. It further resolved to "write to the National Executive of the UNC to pledge this support in any internal election called by the Executive".