Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘It’s no big deal’

Former ILP deputy political leader attends UNC event


I WAS INVITED: Anna Deonarine

Mark Fraser

It’s no big deal.

This was the response from former deputy political leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Anna Deonarine yesterday over her attendance at an event hosted by United National Congress (UNC) deputy political leader Housing Minister and Development Minister Roodal Moonilal.

Deonarine confirmed to the Express yesterday that about three months ago she officially resigned from the ILP. She said she hand delivered the resignation document and also sent an e-mail.

She said she therefore saw no issue with her attending an event hosted by another political party.

“I don’t know why it’s such a big deal. I got invited to the event, I attended and that’s it. I would understand it being an issue if I were a member of a political party or a front-liner in another party and I show up at another party’s event. That should be news then. But having resigned from the ILP, I don’t see the issue with showing up to that event or to any event,” she said.

Deonarine was a guest at an Independence Day classical and chutney singing event at Debe Water Park on Monday. She was greeted by Moonilal who told her “Welcome home to the Debe Water Park and not Warner Park.”

She said she read another newspaper yesterday with the headline “Anna Jumps Ship” but said in the article, there was “nothing, nowhere remotely close to that.”

Asked yesterday if she will be joining the United National Congress, Deonarine said, “I can’t say that. I cannot make a statement like that.”

Asked for a comment yesterday Moonilal said, “I don’t know anything about that. The lady was just there to enjoy some good classical Indian music.”

Last year, on the political platform for local government elections, UNC member and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan accused Deonarine of being part of an illegal operation in the purchase of a Range Rover from London. 

Deonarine had however countered all was done above board. She was also cleared of any wrongdoing by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).