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Panday and Ramjack: revival or revenge?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The appearance of a return to sharing common ground between Basdeo Panday, Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj and Jack Warner has opened some speculation as to whether this is designed to be a revival of that old UNC spirit of unity that existed between the three men or whether they have decided to forge a new alliance out of a desire to settle scores with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.


Mr Warner resigned from the UNC and is trying to build his own party, the ILP. Mr Maharaj has flirted with forces opposed to the UNC, namely the Round Table, which was an amalgamation of the PNM and the MSJ, and he has maintained a persistent stance of direct attack against the Prime Minister in all his public utterances. Mr Panday has argued that the UNC has been hijacked and that it is time for the membership to take back the party. 


He has also stated that the elections in 2010 were not free and fair, which is a direct attack on both the Prime Minister and Mr Warner. The core question to be asked is how much credibility do Messrs Panday, Maharaj and Warner have collectively in this new alliance that they seem to have formed? In 2001, Mr Panday and Mr Maharaj became political enemies, with Mr Panday making references to “Judases” and “neemakarams.”


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