Wednesday, February 21, 2018

...Prakash: Put PNM support first

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row­­ley should answer the questi­on whether his party supports proportional representation before he calls for anyone’s resignation, says Congress of the People (COP) leader Prakash Ramadhar.

At a public meeting on Tuesday in St James, Row­ley said COP Ministers Winston Dookeran and Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, who voted against the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, should do the honou­rable thing and resign from the Cabinet.

However, Ramadhar said his COP colleagues had the right to exercise their conscience vote and this reflected the strength in democracy. “Before calling for anyone to resign, the country awaits Mr Rowley’s response as to the PNM’s failure to support proportional representation and referendum,” said Ramadhar.

He said if the Government has the PNM’s support on these, then “all of the concerns as to how we should improve the politics would be alleviated...”. Asked whether the votes of Doo­keran and See­per­sad-Bachan against the bill would affect the COP’s internal equilibrium, Ramadhar said history was crea­ted on Monday when the PM allowed for a conscience vote and members exercised that liberty.