Friday, February 23, 2018

COP: Proof Partnership stands for principle

 The Prime Minister’s acceptance of Chandresh Sharma’s resignation was indicative that the People’s Partnership Government stands for principle and integrity, says Congress of the People (COP) political leader Prakash Ramadhar.

On the heels of allegations of assault against Sharma by businesswoman Sacha Singh, Ramadhar issued a call for Sharma to resign from office until his name was cleared.

Ramadhar had said that if Sharma refused to step down the Prime Minister should move with alacrity to remove him from office.

Yesterday, Sharma tendered his resignation, which the Prime Minister accepted.

“It’s not an easy thing and I’m sure that Mr Sharma would be going through a difficult period. I think he acted appropriately in the better interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the Partnership,” said Ramadhar in a telephone interview with the Express.

“We promised in 2010 a new government of transparency and accountability, we are now seeing that wherever wrong is done, or strongly perceived to be done, the Prime Minister is willing to take action and I congratulate her for that in accepting his resignation,” said Ramadhar.

Asked whether this would not weaken the Government, Ramadhar said: “When we look at the truth of what is happening here, we have to be honest with ourselves, we are seeing the fulfilment of our promise.”

He said in past administrations wrongs were committed and nothing was done.

He said the country’s democracy was strengthened and a new standard has been set.

“This will redound to the benefit of all our people and ensure that society understands the value of consequence of that action,” said Ramadhar.

He added that his comments must not be considered as prejudging the matter and the investigations were ongoing.