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Kamla: People fed up of PNM

Published: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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UNC candidate Sharon Maraj-Dharam celebrates her victory after winning the Barataria seat last night. Photo by:ANISTO ALVES

Shaliza Hassanali

Yesterday’s by-election sent the message that “the people are fed up with the non-performing, incompetent, arrogant, corrupt and clueless Government of Keith Rowley,” Opposition Leader Kamla Persad- Bissessar said last night.

Hundreds of celebrating UNC supporters at the party’s Barataria office last night hailed Persad-Bissessar and her team when she arrived from her Palmiste home to join their victory party.

Persad-Bissessar told supporters, “We’ve today witnessed yet another demonstration of our collective democratic maturity and yearning for participation in our civic affairs....we are UNC and proud to be the only of the two major parties growing in widespread popular support outside of our traditional power base.

“We are the party to watch as we have increased votes in 16 of the 17 polling divisions with one remaining same. The PNM decreased in nine polling divisions.”

She added: “The people are fed up of rampant crime - murders 305, high food prices, lack of opportunities for decent work, rising cost of living, an ailing health care system, reduced quality of education for their children! This Rowley Government is only concerned with taking care of the 1%, their friends and family - they don’t care about you.

“That the Prime Minister himself spent so much time and energy in these by-elections and the people turned their collective backs on the PNM suggests that the writing is on the wall. Keep your yellow T-shirts nice and clean, well folded and pressed. It’s clearly a sign we’ll be called upon sooner rather than later to return to the polls for a General Election.”

She warned that the PNM would issue more threats and more warnings.

“To cover up their incompetence and corruption they will target innocent citizens for unfair persecution and malicious prosecution. They will threaten your leaders and key activists. But don’t be deterred - remain focused on the task at hand - ensuring that our country gets a leader and team with the vision and political will to get things done.

“Our UNC team of new faces and steady and experienced hands are on standby and high alert to intervene... Your party has been working, and we’re preparing a plan to move T&T forward.”

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