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Unity preferred, says Rambachan

By by Sue-Ann Wayow sue-ann.wayow@trinidadexpress.com

THE United National Congress (UNC) is a strong political party and can win an election on its own, says UNC deputy political leader Dr Surujrattan Rambachan.
But, if parties unite, there is a greater chance of the People’s National Movement (PNM) not winning an election, he said.
Rambachan was speaking to the media yesterday after a function to distribute land certificates to people being displaced because of the extension of the Solomon Hochoy Highway to Point Fortin.
The function was held at Paria Suites Hotel and Conference Centre, La Romaine.
On Saturday, political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Prakash Ramadhar said the party needed to discuss if next year’s general election will be contested as a party standing on its own or in partnership with the UNC in the People’s Partnership coalition.
Rambachan said: “In the last couple of elections, it has been proven conclusively that where the Partnership united against the PNM, the PNM does not stand the ghost of a chance. I think the people would want to see the Partnership Government continue in office. We are a partnership and we will continue to work with everyone in the Partnership and in the future. The Partnership will always remain a very strong and united entity. Keep it together and the population would protect it.”
He said the UNC remained strong and he was confident next year it will be voted back into office.
When asked to comment on the assistance being given to the COP by Ray Larson, party secretary for the Liberal Party of Canada, Rambachan said the COP was free to make its own decisions.
“Every political party has the right to get the best advice they should get, and I think that’s good. The politics is always evolving and the environment for politics is always changing. Nothing wrong in it.”
He also said polls were of little concern to him, and the People’s Partnership will win the next general election. • See Page 8
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