While he has resigned from the Cabinet, Fyzabad Member of Parliament (MP) Chandresh Sharma indicated yesterday that he will continue to represent his constituents, whom he has served for the past 23 years.
Sharma was elected as MP for the constituency in 1991 and has been their representative to date.
In a release yesterday, Sharma said he is a believer in karma and will clear his name of the allegations of abuse levelled against him by businesswoman Sacha Singh.
Sharma tendered his resignation as Tourism Minister, which was accepted by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Sharma said his decision was made in the interest of the People’s Partnership Government as he did not want his personal issues to detract from the work of the Government. He stated that he has always said that his entry into public office was about service to the people and not himself.
“Some say it is a thankless task, but for me each day brings a level of satisfaction that is immeasurable. I have served my country faithfully and selflessly for close to two decades. During this entire period my personal life has never been the subject of public discourse. I am not the story, the work I do is the full account of who I happen to be,” said Sharma.
He acknowledged that public life comes “with a level of scrutiny and expectation that does not allow for consideration of your version of events”.
“With the stories swirling around on my personal life, even seeking to clarify the issues through statements will undoubtedly be countered by others. So that is not an option. I will not allow these allegations to detract from the good work of the government nor to sully the name of my party,” said Sharma.
Sharma was appointed by the Prime Minister in 2010 as the Local Government Minister. He was then shifted to the Ministry of Transport and last year was moved to the Ministry of Tourism.
Between 1995 and 2001 he served in the former UNC government led by Basdeo Panday.