Public Administration Minister and Congress of the People (COP) member Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan yesterday said she did not have the "authority" to discuss the events of Monday night's national executive meeting.
Asked yesterday about a reported vote to quit the Government, Seepersad-Bachan, in a telephone interview, would only say that the COP was founded on the three pillars of accountability, transparency and integrity and that those pillars were being threatened by the silence from the Government following the fiasco over Section 34.
"Clearly there are serious issues which the party must address. It is directly affecting the rank and file of the party and we must address these concerns," she said.
She said the COP's concern over the Section 34 issue was evident when several members chose to attend Tuesday's Opposition-led march against the early enforcement of the section in the proclamation.
"The mere fact that so many came out to support that march means that they are not happy, not satisfied," she said.
Seepersad-Bachan said she supported COP's leader Prakash Ramadhar in his call to "lift the veil of Cabinet responsibility".
"Those responsible need to come out and apologise. Say to err is human and then let's move on," she said.
Former vice-chairman Vernon De Lima yesterday said he was "invited" to Monday night's meeting but refused to comment on the tone at the meeting.
"But there were always people tossing that (leaving the Partnership) backward and forward for the past two years. I am no longer a member of the executive," de Lima said.
"Me, Vernon de Lima, my viewpoint is that everyone heard what I said when I made the call for the COP to leave the Government. I say break anchor and I gone," he said.
Only Ramadhar, chairman Joseph Toney and Omar Ali, secretary of communication, are officially allowed to speak on party issues.
They did not answer calls or return messages yesterday.
Ramadhar, at a media conference on Monday, did say that he expected to meet with the Prime Minister within 48 hours one to one to discuss internal issues.