FILED PAPERS: COP leader Prakash Ramadhar displays his nomination papers. —Photos: KITTY KOWLESSAR

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Prakash confident

By Kim Boodram

POLITICAL Leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Prakash Ramadhar said yesterday there are those seeking to weaken the party from within and then blame the leadership.
Ramadhar, who yesterday filed nomination papers to retain the leadership of the party he won in 2011, said a bid to destroy the party is coming from those who “held office, did a duty to that office and are hoping to find another location”.
The other contenders in the June 29 internal elections are Public Administration minister, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Culture Minister, Dr Lincoln Douglas and COP member, Rufus Foster.
Though he wished his opponents well, Ramadhar, who named no names, said loudness was not necessarily the hallmark of a good leader and there was a small but “very loud” faction in the party that had always pushed for the COP to break away from the People’s Partnership.
Ramadhar said he entered into a situation where the balance had been set when he took the helm of the party in 2011 and he could not walk away from the contract that was made, as some would have had him do.
He said the COP must be a party that brings a sense of peace and calm to the country, where there is already too much of the opposite.
During his campaign, Ramadhar intends to expose a lot about what’s wrong with politics in Trinidad and Tobago and will employ “forthrightness and truth” to do so.
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