YESTERDAY people in the Caroni Central constituency of former minister of the people and social development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh spoke of a deep love and respect for their MP. They said despite his ministerial and parliamentary duties, he found time to take care of their needs.
They said they considered him to be the best performing minster and MP they ever had.
Baldeo Boodoo, a blind resident with an amputated right leg said: “I support my minister all the way. He is a very helpful man. I am sorry to hear what happened. I don’t think he would deliberately do anything that would damage his character especially as he just got married. He should not have been fired. He is never too busy to stop and talk with everyone.”
Boodoo, 58, said it was only last week that he received a new wheelchair from Ramadharsingh at his constituency office at Mission Road, Freeport. Basdeo, who lives at Arena Road said Ramadharsingh was always trying his best to assist him and others.
“There are many people from all over the country who would come to see Mr Ramadharsingh. He would go to those people first. He did not only help his own,” Basdeo said.
Zyna Walters, 65 said: “He was a minister who worked for the people. I don’t think we would get a minister like him again. He was also there for the people. More consideration should have been given about the situation.”
Bar assistant Michael Ragbir said for many years, the street where he lived Deacon Street was a “mud track.” But when Ramadharsingh became MP, the road was paved.
He said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s decision to fire Ramadharsingh from his ministerial portfolio was not a wise one.
“Glenn Ramadharsingh is the most hardworking minister in Trinidad and Tobago. The person who is going to be the new minister will never do the job that he did. And the country is going to suffer because of that,” he said.
Ragbir said: “The Prime Minister should not have listened to what others were saying. She made a very wrong decision. Everybody needs a second chance. She could have dealt with the matter differently.”
Salesperson Diane Mohammed expressed similar views.
Two persons interviewed said Persad-Bissessar’s decision to fire Ramadharsingh was the right one. But they also said said that he did an excellent job as MP and minister.
Neil Manwarring said: “It was the right thing to do, but it was harsh. That’s my boy. He is always in the area, making sure everything is okay.”