LATE former People's National Movement (PNM) member of parliament Hardeo Hardath was remembered by PNM stalwarts as a loyal party member and a very effective constituency representative.
The PNM, in a press release yesterday, extended condolences to the family of Hardath, who died on Monday morning at the Sangre Grande Hospital. He was 74.
"The PNM will always regard Mr Hardath as a devoted and loyal member of the party," the release added.
Hardath had served as the representative for the constituency of Nariva for 15 consecutive years, from 1971 to 1986.
Former PNM minister Overand Padmore, speaking to the Express yesterday via telephone, noted he had served with Hardath in Parliament and described him as a quiet and unobtrusive man. He noted that Hardath "was not one for making big speeches" but worked below the radar screen effectively and was a good constituency representative.
"This no doubt contributed to him keeping the seat (for so long)," he said.
He explained that Hardath held a seat that the PNM had not readily carried for 15 years.
"I think he is the kind of representative we can use very much in the (political) circumstances of today. (We currently have) a lot of talk and no action," he commented.
PNM founding member Ferdie Ferreira noted that Hardath was a "very loyal and faithful soldier to the party".
He added: "Who against all odds stood up and supported the party at times when it was not normal for people like him to be identified with the PNM".
He recalled that Hardath was one of the few elected Hindu representatives of the PNM. Though other Hindu candidates had been sent up, he was of the few that were successful.
Former PNM vice-chairman and former MP John Donaldson described Hardath as a "good friend" and said he was "very sad to hear about his passing".
The PNM release noted that during his tenure in office, he spearheaded the development of several rural districts in the Nariva constituency. He leaves to mourn his wife, Rajoon, five children and ten grandchildren. At the time of his death, he was the managing director of Hardarth General Insurance Consultants, located in Sangre Grande.
The funeral service for Hardath takes place today at 9 a.m., according to Hindu rites, in Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande.