Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Prayers for sacked minister

There will be an outpouring of prayers, love and support for sacked minister Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh outside the Parliament today.

Ramadharsingh who was fired by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as the Minister of the People and Social Development will be moving to the back benches of the Parliament when the House meets at 1.30 p.m.

He joins fired former ministers Herbert Volney and Collin Partap and Jack Warner, who resigned from his Cabinet position last year.

Chairman of the Caroni Central constituency executive Roopchand Naranjit told the Express that people have been visiting the constituency office, crying and venting their disappointment over Ramadharsingh’s dismissal. He said the people of Ramadharsingh’s constituency and the country at large want to show their love and support for their MP and to also thank him for delivering to the people.

As a result, an interfaith ceremony will be held outside the Parliament on the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, where representatives of various faiths including the Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions will offer prayers.

“Mr Ramadharsingh has helped a lot of people, he is a good representative and a very good Minister, a lot of people want to come and show their support for him because he has helped many out of poverty,” said Naranjit.

Naranjit said the support for Ramadharsingh today is not a protest but a peaceful demonstration to show that there were many who are grateful for all that he did for them.

He said supporters were hurt that the Prime Minister moved to fire Ramadharsingh based on a report and not the conclusion of a full investigation.

He said this action was extreme but he remains optimistic that good will come from it all.

Naranjit praised Ramadharsingh’s representation to the people of Caroni Central and insisted he must be re-selected to contest the 2015 general election polls.

Meanwhile, the Congress of the People (COP) issued a release praising the Prime Minister for her action.

COP vice chairman Nicole Dyer-Griffith, in a release yesterday stated that the COP supports Persad-Bissessar’s assessment and handling of the matter.

“It’s indicative that the Prime Minister’s statement would’ve mentioned that there would be no compromise on integrity, no allowance for arrogance, no room for violation of mutual respect; there will be no sacrifice of our values on the altar of political expediency. We in the COP support this statement in full bearing in mind that good governance principles are not relegated to issues involving the management of public resources only but start with the small and simple things mentioned by the Prime Minister and keeping it uppermost in our minds that members of the government and those that serve in such a related capacity, are indeed, the servants of the people,” stated Dyer-Griffith.

She stated further that the Prime Minister’s appointment of Ramadharsingh is not the decision that should be questioned.

She stated that Ramadharsingh’s track record in terms of delivery speaks for itself.