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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Political ‘enemies,’ ‘Idiots’ & returnees ‘coming home’
The nightly head-butting among political parties outside on the campaign trail hasn’t discounted internal headbutting that has also been occurring within, on various issues. All three parties launched campaigns in areas where they have a foothold. After assorted withdrawals, only the PP’s members are contesting all 136 seats, with the PNM contesting 135—without a full slate after many years of this tradition—ILP 130 and MSJ 16.
The PP, launching in a San Fernando stronghold, continues to focus on holding such areas threatened by the ILP split vote. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s news at Monday’s meeting of a “wave building towards PP again,” however, translated doubtfully following repeated exhortations to others to “come home.”
Whether or not the PP’s San Fernando venue was a concession to the changed fortunes in onetime heartland Chaguanas—where PP’s traditional event launch was Mid Centre Mall—the PP returned Monday to Chaguanas, now perceived as Jack Warner’s ILP turf. Allegations about certain ILP nominees which PP’s Roodal Moonilal utilised Monday cast enough of a shadow on Warner’s picks for Warner to clarify the issue subsequently and accuse PP of “gangster”contracts on the Duncan Street police post .
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