For the third time, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has apologised for the Valentine’s Day exchange between himself and St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh, which he (Ramlogan) “had since come to regret”.
“What was meant to be a humorous exchange of good-natured political picong has caused the Honourable Member for St Joseph and his family some anxiety and stress,” Ramlogan stated in a personal explanation to the House of Representatives yesterday.
Ramlogan had given a qualified apology for the statement in the Senate on Tuesday. However, the “unfortunate remark” had been made in the House of Representatives last week Friday when, speaking during the Dogs Control Bill, the Attorney General described animal behavourist Kristel-Marie Ramnath as Deyalsingh’s “ex-girlfriend” and noted Ramnath had been deprived of Deyalsingh’s services on Valentine’s night, causing Deyalsingh to become agitated.
Ramlogan reiterated he did immediately apologise for the remarks and repeated the apology “in the other place earlier this week”.
“For the avoidance for any doubt, however, I thought it fit to formally apologise to my colleague and this Honourable House for those unfortunate remarks,” he said.
While not referring to Ramnath by name, the Attorney General added: “I also wish to take this opportunity to extend my apology to anyone outside this House who might have felt aggrieved by those statements. I want to assure them that they were not within my contemplation at the material time and it was not my intention to offend anyone.” —Ria Taitt