People’s National Movement (PNM) candidate for the November 4 St Joseph by-election Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday declined to comment on a violent incident that was reported in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper. The newspaper said the incident took place during a walkabout Wednesday by his political opponent Ian Alleyne. He said however there will no violence in his campaign.
During a two-hour walk in Mt D’or, Deyalsingh delivered promises and some very large sweet potatoes, courtesy farmer Avinash Singh who contested the Chaguanas West seat for the PNM in the by-election. Singh had also given out sweet potatoes grown by him the day before the Chaguanas West by-election in July.
“The gift of food is the best thing to give,” Singh said yesterday, adding that the distribution of the sweet potatoes grown in his own field was also a “silent protest”.
“Nothing is being done to find cultivate markets for local farmers,” Singh said.
“I am growing these at a loss, so I might as well give them away. Maybe I will get blessings instead.”
The sweet potatoes were also warmly welcomed by the residents.
Deyalsingh was welcomed by all whom they greeted along the way, with many of the people crying “neglect” by their former United National Congress (UNC) MP, Herbert Volney.
“It’s Deyalsingh all the way,” said Gail Gay, 52.
“I was definitely not satisfied with the last representation.”
Similar statements followed, along with numerous complaints that the People’s Partnership had stopped some projects in the area that were providing employment.
The conversion of a large ravine running through Mt Dor, into a dry river, was started by the PNM and stopped when the People’s Partnership came into power in 2010, several residents complained.
Deyalsingh was accompanied by Senator Fitzgerald Hinds and Pt Fortin MP Paula Gopee-Scoon. Hinds condemned the reported violent incident. Hinds said such behaviour has never been seen on a PNM campaign trail and “will never be seen”.
“I am calling on Mr Alleyne and calling on his support team to ensure that they conduct themselves in a way so as not to encourage that type of behaviour in an election situation in Trinidad and Tobago,” Hinds said.
“I know it is hard for them but I urge them to keep it clean”.