SAYING THANKS: Jack Warner, left, interim political leader of the Independent Liberal Party and Chaguanas West MP, is joined by Anna Deonarine, Indra Maraj and Robin Montano during a victory motorcade through his constituency yesterday. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY
Victory motorcade for ILP
For more than eight hours yesterday, the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) motorcade revisited the Chaguanas West constituency as a show of victory in last month’s by-election.
The long line of cars travelled the same route as it did the day before the July 29 by-election, starting at Saith Park in Chaguanas, moving through the constituency with loud music trucks and horn-happy supporters waving green party flags.
Even though the motorcade came some two weeks after the by-election victory, it boasted a long line of cars which slowed traffic to a crawl inside the constituency.
Jack Warner, interim leader of the ILP, was at the back of a decorated pick-up and spent most of the time waving at supporters lining the route.
In his speech to close off the motorcade at Pierre Road Recreation Park, Felicity, Warner questioned the whereabouts of the same Government ministers who were often in the area in the build-up to the by-election. He called on the supporters to remember the actions of the Government ministers during the campaign.
“Never forget how they invaded your communities and how after the elections were lost they departed as though they were never here. When one of our villagers was murdered in John Peter Road last week, where was the cabal in their black glass-tinted Prados? When the Maha Sabha mandir on Cacandee Road was vandalised on Monday last where was Kumar Sanu?” he asked, referring to the Bollywood singer that the United National Congress brought in for its campaign concert.
He told the crowd to “never forget the threats to your freedom” which he said the UNC used to garner votes.
“But most of all always remember July 29, 2013 as the day the people of Chaguanas West refused to be fooled and stood up against the might of cabalistic rule and voted for representation that counts. July 29 will be remembered and as a family we will celebrate it as Chaguanas West V-Day. On that day we shall celebrate it in a way that will make every constituent in and out of Chaguanas West proud.”
Warner described the heated campaign as a battle he never wanted to fight.
“It was a bitter, bruising battle in which we never wished to engage. It was a fracas, a mêlée that we all could have done without, but the cabal decided that you in Chaguanas West were not good enough to take control over your destiny, that you were not wise enough to decide on matters concerning your well-being and gave to you a candidate which you emphatically rejected at the polls on July 29, 2013.”
The UNC candidate, Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation chairman Khadijah Ameen, earned 5,129 votes compared to Warner’s 12,642 votes.
He said while the motorcade had ended, the ILP’s journey had just begun.
“The ILP has taken us to the frontiers of electoral politics. From where we stand the view is not attractive, the stage has lost is sheen because the politics that is practised by those who promised sweeping changes to make life much better than we found it has degenerated into the unbridled pursuit of narrow self-interest.”
He said in the coming days the ILP will return to the campaign trail, this time seeking votes for the local government elections.
“The date has not been set but we are so fed up with the disservice that has been provided that tomorrow cannot be too soon for the elections to be called. The Independent Liberal Party rejects the utter failure of the man-centered politics of the People’s Partnership and the PNM (People’s National Movement), where the concern is not the equitable distribution of wealth to the people but the fattening of their pockets and the rape of the treasury.
“It cannot be politics as usual, that is why the ILP is compelled, for the sake of country, to mobilise and embark on a politics that represents,” he said.