...Ramadhar not resigning, not ‘power hungry’
Political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Prakash Ramadhar will not be resigning.
He said yesterday that he is not power hungry and he will not resign from the party but work towards rebuilding and strengthening its foundation.
Ramadhar was speaking at a news conference in Curepe at the COP campaign office of Anita Seeram, the COP local government elected candidate for the Curepe/Pasea electoral district which she won.
Just a couple hours before, at the COP Flagship house, St Clair, Ramadhar’s brother — Kishore Ramadhar — and other COP members had held a news conference to announce that a motion was filed calling for the removal of Ramadhar and the COP executive given the party’s failure at the local government elections.
Ramadhar’s brother is the mover of the motion.
Questioned on the issue yesterday, Ramadhar said the party will treat with the motion accordingly and take a decision.
He said he would not voluntarily resign from the party.
Persons calling for Ramadhar’s removal are his brother and COP members — Rudolph Hanamji, chairman of the COP Diego Martin West council; Satu Ann Ramcharan — COP founding member; Kirt Sinnette, secretary for field operations and Rufus Foster, COP chairman for Arouca Maloney constituency.
Told of this yesterday, Ramadhar responded, “I am not surprised at the names you have called, those are the usual suspects who have been at the insistence of first of all not coming into the Partnership...I’ve never really seen any of them work towards building this country, they have been internally attempting to destroy the COP for whatever reason, you might appreciate one of them is the son of a candidate who went up for leadership, the other is my brother, the other is a former candidate for the PNM and the other is of course hapless.”
Ramadhar said the accusations levelled against him were baseless.
“If anybody has accused me of being power hungry then they are totally insane...If it is then I am power hungry, then why are we in the partnership, I could have done like others and march and make noises to get attention,” he said.
The COP, he said, continues to be responsible in fulfilling its promise that it made to the people in 2010.
“It is wrong for anybody to take a vote and then betray the vote from running out of their responsibility as others have done and be able to effect no change whatsoever,” he said.
Asked if he accepted blame for the COP’s failure at the local government polls, he said, “Well, it is easy to single out one person and beat upon him, but is it as simple as that or is the equation far more complex if one has to balance responsibility to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago remains a stable state and it could only do so if it has a stable Government.
“I could easily do like others and stand out and complain and point fingers, what at the end of that day does that change?”.
Questioned on whether he will consider resigning, Ramadhar said, “Resignation is not an option for me at this point in time... that is an easy way out.”
Ramadhar said the COP was not dead and the party must work towards rebuilding.
He said the COP suffered a defeat at the polls because of the split in votes in favour of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
Had the votes not been split, he said the People’s Partnership would have been successful at the election.
Ramadhar said further that there was no “cabal” in the COP as alleged by persons calling for his removal.
He said the COP is not about making excuses but was committed to good governance and improving the country.
Ramadhar added that the ILP was not a third political force in this country as its leader Jack Warner says.
He said it was “comical” that Warner was not now seen as “victim” when many of the allegations of corruption which tarnished Government occurred under his tenure.
“Those who wish to pronounce the death of the demise of the COP, well you keep your thoughts and we’ll keep our work,” said Ramadhar.