Wednesday, February 21, 2018

...Mixed emotions in Fyzabad

THERE were mixed reactions in the Fyzabad constituency yesterday, following the revocation of the appointment as Government minister of Chandresh Sharma, who is Member of Parliament for the area.

While some said he was a hard worker, most said Sharma will not be missed.

Businessman Andy Samaroo said Sharma’s dismissal was “long overdue”.

Samaroo said Fyzabad needed to become more developed to include government businesses and even a fire station. He said in the past a museum and labour college were promised but never materialised.

“I don’t believe he (Sharma) has done much for the community,” Samaroo, who has been operating his shoe repair store for the past 20 years in the area, told the Express.

A 72-year-old woman in the area also echoed Samaroo’s and several other residents’ opinion.

“Only promising, promising... He should have been given walking papers a long time,” said the woman, who grew up in the area.

She said that while Sharma had developed Avocat, one part of Fyzabad, he had not done the same in other areas of the community.

A 62-year-old resident, however, said that Sharma was a “genuine worker in the community. I can’t say anything bad about him”.

A 55-year-old man, who also did not want to be named, said if there was sufficient evidence that Sharma was wrong, then he had to be dismissed.

However, he believed this incident and the circumstances that led to the firing of minister of the People Glenn Ramadharsingh was a “cook-up thing” and a way of destabilising the Government, as some want a general election to be called by the end of the year.

Sharma was accused of hitting a female, Sacha Singh, during an altercation at Grand Bazaar two weeks ago.

Ramadharsingh was dismissed last Tuesday after he was accused of misbehaving and inappropriately touching a flight attendant as he travelled from Tobago to Trinidad.