The COP lives to fight another day, political leader of the Congress of the People (COP), Prakash Ramadhar, said last night.
Vowing not to give up after taking a licking at yesterday’s local government polls, Ramadhar promised the party’s supporters that the defeat was not the end.
With a handful of supporters present at the party’s Charlieville Operations Centre, Ramadhar thanked all who fought with the party and said, “All of us have played a crucial role in these elections. Some in setting the stage for what it was that we would be voting on, others in placing their votes for one of the parties competing for office. And it is this process, this national conversation about who we are and where we are going that is the important part of the election and, to coin a phrase, the magic of democracy. It fires us up, it enlivens our conversations and it brings us to the ballot box. And it must not end here, it must not end today.”
Ramadhar had earlier remarked that the party would not be deterred by one election. He also called on the population to continue to insist in reform, regardless of yesterday’s victor. Ramadhar said this must continue with the careful and endless scrutiny of the actions of those who have stymied reform and “who see an entry into public life as little more than a meal ticket”.
Saluting yesterday’s newest office holders, Ramadhar also hailed those who did not win their areas, saying they were now transformed from active campaigners to active citizens. “You have now experienced the rough and tumble, the jokes and the cusses that are part and parcel of public life. You have gotten to grips not only with what true and effective representation and a quality public administration looks like, but also what it must be.”