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Sharma resigns

By JULIEN NEAVES Tuesday, April 1 2014

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Sacha Singh heads to her Mercedes Benz car, yesterday...
Sacha Singh heads to her Mercedes Benz car, yesterday...

FOR the second time in a week Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has advised the President of the decision to revoke the appointment of one of her Cabinet ministers, as yesterday Tourism Minister Chandresh Sharma tendered his resignation following assault allegations by his ex-girlfriend business woman Sacha Singh. Sharma is also Member of Parliament for Fyzabad.

In a media release yesterday the Prime Minister noted that her advice to the President follows her decision to accept the resignation of Sharma that was earlier submitted.

“There has been some discussions on the number of times changes have been made in my Cabinet. I say that is a measurement of my commitment to maintaining the high ideals upon which we were elected,” she said.

Persad-Bissessar noted that she is not swayed by any consideration other than “that which is right and honourable”. She said her Government is “stronger than ever” because of the tough decisions taken and also recognised Sharma’s contribution and service to the Government and people of this country.

Sharma in an immediate release said he will “continue privately” to clear his name and will make no further statement on the issue as it is in the hands of his attorneys.

He noted that he has served the country “faithfully and selflessly for close to two decades”, thanked his Cabinet colleagues for support and the Prime Minister for the opportunity to serve the nation.

“I am a firm believer in karma and trust that the future will work itself out through the life I have lived, the judgement of which I leave ultimately to God,” he wrote.

On March 25 the Prime Minister announced the firing of Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh in response to reports by flight attendant Ronelle Laidlow he behaved in a disorderly manner, inappropriately touched her and threatened to have her fired while aboard a Caribbean Airlines domestic flight. The matter is under investigation by the police. Police are also continuing investigations into the assault charge against Sharma. Yesterday Singh, 30, and her driver, Yaseen Hosein, were interviewed by officers of the St Joseph Police Station at the Piarco offices of AMS Biotech Security Concepts Ltd, Affordable Window Wash Ltd AWWL and AmSure Trinidad and Tobago Ltd where she is managing director. She had earlier held a media conference about a “smear campaign” against her, allegedly by United National Congress and Sharma supporters.

The assault incident allegedly took place at Grand Bazaar at 8pm on March 12 and reported it to the St Joseph Police. Singh told the police that Sharma, 54, hit her and pushed her down, causing her to temporarily black out. She allegedly confronted him with a woman with whom he allegedly had an affair and a 12-year-old child that he had refused to maintain.

Following the announcement that he had resigned Singh told Newsday that is “the only honourable thing he has ever done since I have known him”. She commended the Prime Minister on accepting his resignation and “not tolerating this behaviour”.

PARTIES RESPOND

The People’s National Movement (PNM), the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), the Movement for Social Justice as well as People’s Partnership coalition member the Congress of the People (COP) have called for Sharma to resign or be fired over the incident.

Yesterday PNM Public Relations Officer Senator Faris Al-Rawi said the People’s Partnership “has just counted body number 15”.

“This stands as a record to the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and to any sitting Government in Trinidad and Tobago. To put it simply 15 people dismissed is equal to an entire Senate bench,” he noted.

Al-Rawi described as “conspicuous” that the Prime Minister has not made any commentary in relation to Sharma or the allegations against him while she made “immediate pronouncements” on the dismissals of former Justice Minister Herbert Volney, former Minister in the Ministry of National Security Collin Partap and “somewhat belated(ly)” on Ramadharsingh. He noted that she left for Panama yesterday to participate in a gender issue discussion and issues surrounding the empowerment of women.

Al-Rawi pointed out that the Prime Minister is the chairman of the National Security Council and “would logically have known” about the police investigation into Sharma, since March 12, 2014 when the report was first made.

“It is incomprehensible therefore that the Prime Minster could not have made a statement on this serious allegation sooner and it proves hollow and empty the public relations spin put by her when she dared present herself as a Prime Minister who acts against her own Cabinet even without fear or favour,” he commented.

Al-Rawi noted that the media has asked her directly about the allegations and she did not answer. He also pointed out that Volney and Partap are on record stating that they offered their resignations to the PM and they were surprised to learn that they were dismissed instead.

“It therefore stands as a naked contradiction the manner in which she has treated with Mr Sharma as opposed to others and it proves in the context of the two week passage since March 12, 2014 that the Prime Minister cannot be taken seriously as to acting without fear or favour and that she only acts when the public sentiment is so high that she is compelled to act,” he added.

Al-Rawi and the PNM called for general elections in the wake of the latest controversy.

“The PNM considers all of the past and most recent scandals in the UNC as evidence of the foul decomposition and rot that has set into the carcass of the People’s Partnership and we consider it a necessary and immediate remedy that the Prime Minister allow the people of Trinidad and Tobago to deal with the parliamentary mandate which the UNC now enjoys by the holding of immediate general elections in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

ILP political leader Jack Warner, said the Prime Minister has done the correct thing again. He noted that she “may still save her Government” if she dismisses those ministers in the “cabal” who are guilty of corruption.

“If the Prime Minister can purge her Government of these ministers then she will be assured of a second term,” he said.

Warner expressed hope that she remains consistent “and begins to clean the stables of the other ministers”. Questioned about Sharma’s resignation he responded “after four years (he) has the unenviable record of being the only Government minister to have achieved nothing so I don’t think his passing, his demise will be a loss to the Government in any way”.

Sharma was appointed Minister of Local Government on May 28, 2010. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1991 and since that time has represented the constituency of Fyzabad. Between 1995 and 2001 Sharma served in Government in several Ministries as a Parliamentary Secretary and as a Non-Cabinet Minister. He then served in Opposition between December 2001 and May 2010. He is married and a father of four.

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“I am a firm believer in karma and trust that the future will work itself out through the life I have lived, the judgment of which I leave ultimately to God”Al-Rawi and the PNM called for general elections in the wake of the latest controversy.

“The PNM considers all of the past and most recent scandals in the UNC as evidence of the foul decomposition and rot that has set into the carcass of the People’s Partnership and we consider it a necessary and immediate remedy that the Prime Minister allow the people of Trinidad and Tobago to deal with the parliamentary mandate which the UNC now enjoys by the holding of immediate general elections in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said. ILP political leader Jack Warner, said the Prime Minister has done the correct thing again.

He noted that she “may still save her Government” if she dismisses those ministers in the “cabal” who are guilty of corruption.

“If the Prime Minister can purge her Government of these ministers then she will be assured of a second term,” he said.

Warner expressed hope that she remains consistent “and begins to clean the stables of the other ministers”.

Questioned about Sharma’s resignation he responded “after four years (he) has the unenviable record of being the only Government minister to have achieved nothing so I don’t think his passing, his demise will be a loss to the Government in any way”.

Sharma was appointed Minister of Local Government on May 28, 2010. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1991 and since that time has represented the constituency of Fyzabad. Between 1995 and 2001 Sharma served in Government in several Ministries as a Parliamentary Secretary and as a Non-Cabinet Minister. He then served in Opposition between December 2001 and May 2010. He is married and a father of four.

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