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Moonilal to union leaders: PNM will devour you

By Richardson Dhalai Sunday, May 25 2014

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Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal points to a newspaper advertisement as he makes a point during his presentation at the People's Partnership mass r...
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal points to a newspaper advertisement as he makes a point during his presentation at the People's Partnership mass r...

UNC deputy political leader, Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday cautioned trade union leaders against trusting the People’s National Movement saying the Opposition party was an “institution of tryanny” and would devour them.

Moonilal was addressing the People’s Partnership mass rally at Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas, which was held under theme, “continuing on the road to national recovery into the next six years.”

Contending that Friday’s march was not a joint Trade Union Movement march but rather a PNM march, Moonilal warned the labour leaders, saying: “Do not play games with the PNM, do not play footsy with the PNM, it is an institution of tryanny. Do not play games with the PNM, the PNM will devour you.”

He pointed out that the PNM had instituted the Industrial Stabilisation Act in 1965 against the labour movement while seeking to decertify a number of trade unions recently.

Moonilal also called on PNM political leader, Dr Keith Rowley to denounce “racist and obscene” placards which had been carried by PNM supporters during Friday’s march in Port-of-Spain.

He also pointed to an advertisement which had been used by the Rowley campaign in the recently concluded PNM internal elections campaign, claiming that the persons who had been depicted there had all supported Rowley and would form his Cabinet if he was elected as Prime Minister.

Moonilal noted that these persons included Joseph and Christine Sahadeo and that this was a Manning Cabinet.

He reminded supporters that they had inherited an economy in “ruins” and that the PP had constructed “roads, bridges schools and drains.”

“We have returned this country to growth and prosperity under Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and they cannot beat us on performance and ideas so they have resorted to espionage and deceit,” he said.

Moonilal promised that the PP would complete the San Fernando to Point Fortin Highway and that the Persad-Bissessar legacy would be the “development of the country” which included the construction of schools, roads and drains. Also addressing the meeting was Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) leader, Ashworth Jack, who described the rally as the beginning of the rally cry for the 2015 general elections.

Jack contended that the PNM victory at last year’s Tobago House of Assembly election was misleading saying, “I want to warn you , do not get caught up in the hype, the PNM and their agents have one plan and that is to kick us out one by one.”

“The PNM have thrived on the fear factor,” he claimed, saying that the only government which had ever taken governance for Tobago seriously “had not been a PNM government.”

He said Tobago was being used as an example of PNM successes at both the government and electoral levels but declared that it took a non-PNM government to increase the budgetary allocation to the island from less than two percent to over four percent as well as increase the island’s share of the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund.

“The only government that has ever taken Tobago governance seriously has not been a PNM government. Under the PNM, Tobago used to get less than two percent of the national budget,” he said

Jack said with the 2015 general election looming, the PNM’s campaign would focus on “bacchanal and confusion” and not on the issues of “development and progress.”

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