Sunday, February 18, 2018

Glenn’s re-election in limbo

...but MP still has support

FIRED minister of the People and Caroni Central MP Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh was so confident the United National Congress (UNC) would select him as a candidate in the 2015 elections that he launched a re-election campaign late last year.

Ramadharsingh said then the executive of his constituency was simply putting plans in place for the next gen­eral election.

He said with the four electoral defeats last year, Caroni Central was ta­king no chan­ces.

But with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s announcement on Tuesday that Ramadharsingh’s appointment had been revoked, his political future is uncertain.

The general election is constitutionally due before the middle of next year.

What does this mean for Ramadharsingh’s re-election campaign?

The former minister did not respond to the question yesterday. He told the Express he would respond in a media release “soon”.

His constituents have been sending their support to Ramadharsingh through social media, pledging their support and expressing disappointment in the Prime Minister’s decision.

Ramadharsingh launched his re-election campaign at his constituency office in Freeport, last November.

He also launched the Caroni Central website to promote the work he was doing in the constituency. An Indi­an software engineer was brought in to build the website.

Trinidad and Tobago’s con-

­sul general in Miami, Dr Anil Ramna­nan, travelled to Trinidad to be part of the event.

Ramadharsingh assured constituents there would be no early election.

He said then the UNC’s defeat in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) election, Chaguanas West by-election, local government election and St Joseph by-election encouraged him to launch the re-election campaign.

“The executive of the constituency thought that the experiences of the local gov­-

ern­ment election and the by-elections that we have had tells us that we must be prepared. We must have a holistic, comprehensive plan how we approach the election. I am simply saying that we are putting structures in place for the party,” he had said.

Asked whether Ramadharsingh was acting prematurely by launching the re-election campaign, United National Congress (UNC) general secretary Dave Tancoo had said candidates interested in contesting an elec­-

tion can begin campaigning at any time.

Tancoo said although no candidates were screened for the 2015 general election, Ramadhar­singh had done nothing wrong.

The constituency executive endorsed Ramadharsingh at the launch, saying they would stand firm with him in the 2015 general election.

Ramadharsingh’s re-election launch was outfitted with tassa drum­ming, confetti and even a campaign song highlighting his achievements.