Sport Minister and Congress of the People (COP) member Anil Roberts yesterday said COP leader, Prakash Ramadhar, did not know about the party's statement after the demolition of the Highway Re-Route Movement camp at Debe on Wednesday morning.
Roberts said the country was hearing from other members of the party, but not the leader and said he may even have to reconsider where he belonged as the COP was being run in an "eccentric" manner.
"If this is the new COP, I may have to consider where I belong, because I don't think I belong in St Ann's," Roberts said .
He made the statement to reporters as he and Security Minister Jack Warner toured the Police Caravan set up on the Brian Lara Promenade in Port of Spain yesterday.
"I am confused, I am yet to hear from my leader, the honourable Prakash Ramadhar, but I am hearing from all sorts of people who can only be described as eccentric," Roberts said.
He questioned why former deputy COP leader Robert Mayers was making statements on the issue.
"Where did he come up from? The same grave that Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj came from?" he asked.
"I am seeing a lady called Nalini Dial in a COP shirt and I am a COP member, saying Jack Warner is a crazy, insensitive, uncaring, heartless arrogant human," he said holding up a newspaper clipping of the image of Dial sitting with the sign when the re-route group protested outside the Prime Minister's office in St Clair on Thursday.
Ramadhar had subsequently said he stood by the COP's media statement on the issue.
"He can stand by anything. What you need to ask him is if he knew about it before it was issued," Roberts said.
Roberts said as soon as he got the e-mail on his phone, he called Ramadhar.
"He had not even read the release. He took a while, said 'Oh it arrived' and he read it and said 'I don't know, I will call and find out', so if he stands by it I am happy he stands by it, but my question to him is if we are a serious party, how could the leader of the party not know about a statement that has been disseminated," he asked.
"Is that how a serious political party is run?" he sad.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday, Ramadhar said he would not respond to Roberts' statements. With regards to his position on the demolition of the Debe camp site, he said the party issued a statement and he still "stood by it".
In the release, the party expressed concern over the presence of Warner and Minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap in what was "essentially a police-military operation, given the constitutional separation of the roles of elected and coercive arms of the State".