|Prakash seeks re-election |
By SEAN DOUGLAS Sunday, June 1 2014
ST AUGUSTINE MP Prakash Ramadhar said yesterday he will seek re-election as political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) in the June 29 elections.
Speaking at a news conference at the party’s office at Flagship House, Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain, Ramadhar said life has its challenges, but he was proud of the Government’s achievements such as moves on constitutional reform, procurement reform and the Children’s Life Fund.
Ramadhar said, “The sacrifice of our fore-parents must be borne by us now for the next generation, and it is because of that and for no other reason, I announce today that I intend to be a candidate for leadership of the Congress of the People.”
Asked about reports about the re-entry of COP founder, Winston Dookeran, in the leadership race, Ramadhar said, “I welcome all those who wish to enter the democratic environment because an election is upon us.” He reminded that Friday was Nomination Day. Ramadhar said he hoped for a dynamic election campaign where the truth could set one free.
“In a campaign a lot of things we’ve been criticised for, and things we’ve been praised for, will come to light and we’ll be able to put it in the public space and people will judge us, judge the party and my leadership,” he said.
He declined to reveal details of his recent private meeting with Dookeran, saying only “we have a very healthy relationship”.
Regarding any connection between and developments regarding Sport Minister Anil Roberts and a video showing a bald man rolling what is reportedly a marijuana cigarette, Ramadhar said he did not want that issue to overshadow his new conference.
Asked if the COP had slipped under his leadership, he said the election will determine that.