|PNM more dangerous under Rowley |
By Richardson Dhalai Monday, May 26 2014
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COP leader Prakash Ramadhar addresses the audience at Saturday's People's Partnership 4th anniversary rally at Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas....
CONGRESS of the People (COP) political leader, Prakash Ramadhar, has warned supporters about being deceived by the “propaganda” emanating from the People’s National Movement, (PNM), saying the Opposition party had grown “stronger” and “more dangerous” under the leadership of Dr Keith Rowley.
Ramadhar was addressing the People’s Partnership Administration 4th anniversary celebrations which were held under the theme - “Continuing on the road to national recovery into the next six Years” at Mid Centre Mall car park, Chaguanas on Saturday evening.
A fiery Ramadhar advised the large crowd of supporters, who were mostly clad in the yellow and white of the two main coalition partners, the UNC and COP, against taking next years’ General Election for “granted” saying the nation had become blinded by “lies” of the Opposition party.
“This nation has been blinded by the propaganda of the enemies of the people,” Ramadhar said, and noted that although the Partnership “may have won the elections in 2010 and while we hold office, the PNM have never truly lost power in this nation.”
“We must be very aware of when we celebrate our achievements that we are not blinded by the dazzle and the razzle of those who wish to defeat us. And the enemy has grown stronger under Rowley and it is without doubt that it has been fed on lies and on deceit,” he added.
“Let us take nothing for granted as we look forward to this next year, it is going to be very dangerous, very dangerous,” Ramadhar declared, adding, “they want to take us out and I want to tell you, if I only had all of the time to tell you of the dangers of the PNM when they attempted to prosecute a Chief Justice sitting. They are evil, they are dangerous.”
Ramadhar said the deception of the PNM could be witnessed in their ability to convince persons who had demonstrated against the Patrick Manning PNM in 2010 to now “hold hands” with Rowley.
“I ask you how is it possible that friends and colleagues that we walked with before 2010, to fight against the smelter and now holding hands with Rowley,” Ramadhar said, adding, “how is it that those environmentalists that we have fought for and now, they hold hands with Mr Rowley.
“What will they say if it is a PNM government and as Mr Rowley has promised, there will be a return of the smelter to Trinidad and Tobago,” he said, and pointed out that it was the “People’s Partnership government, with the Congress of the People to have put that to rest.”
“How is it that all who walked with us and who held hands and fought against the rapid rail to protect the East/West corridor and the heartland of central Trinidad, how is it that these persons going to fall for the deceit of the PNM, how is it that they can partner with the PNM,” he said.
Ramadhar continued, “What is the great attraction to the PNM, nothing has changed other than ability to lie better. We will not be fooled any longer.”
And turning to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, he pledged his party’s loyalty to the People’s Partnership Government saying, “you can never have a greater partner or an ally in this battle you have undertaken.”
“The enemy has grown strong but we will win next year, we must win next year,” he said.
COP’s internal elections are scheduled to take place on June 29, 2014, Ramadhar noted
Also addressing the rally was National Joint Action Committee, (NJAC), deputy political leader, Embau Moheni, who said the legacy of the People Partnership government from 2010 and into a second term in government was to secure a better future for the nation’s children.
“We want to lave a legacy based on delivery, performance and productivity and where we have placed the nation back on the track of economic growth,’ he said.
Moheni also pointed out that it was the People’s Partnership government which had re-instituted a Ministry of Tobago Development, some 34 years after it had been disbanded by a PNM government.
“The PNM is a party of the past where crime was out of control and the country was on the brink of economic disaster,” he said, adding, “it was not until 2010, in 34 years, that we now had a Ministry of Tobago Development being reestablished for the people.”