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‘Kamlamania’ dead says ILP executive
Independent Liberal Party (ILP) executive member Inshan Ishmael is not happy with the present composition of the People’s Partnership Government, nor the PNM, but he is prepared to abide by any decision made by interim party leader Jack Warner and the rest of the executive. Ishmael also said that the ILP was going to seek governance went without saying since the party was now a force to be reckoned with and had no other choice.
He was responding yesterday to questions on the way forward for the ILP after its win on Monday in the former UNC stronghold of Chaguanas West. Warner had earlier said if he won the seat he planned to make an offer to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to join the People’s Partnership coalition government. Ishmael said: “The decision rests with Mr Warner and the executive. One of the things I never doubted is the strategy of Mr Warner and his ability to lead.
“The decision would be based on consultation with the interim executive. Whatever decision is made, I will respect it and abide by it.” After his victory on Monday night, Warner told the media he had to meet with the party’s executive to discuss the way forward and could not say yea or nay at that time, about any move to join the PP.
Asked his personal feelings about joining the PP, Ishmael, a former UNC activist, said: “The reason I no longer support the UNC is because I am seeing an unprecedented level of religious and racial discrimination.” Ishmael said large pockets of Chaguanas West were Muslims and they voted against the Government because of what they felt was religious discrimination.
Ishmael also referred to an incident during voting hours on Monday morning when a resident of Chaguanas West was struck by an SUV that was alleged to be part of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan’s security detail. Ramlogan said the accident occurred because someone was in hot pursuit of the Prado. Ishmael denied that, showing video footage of the moving police SUV taken from his own vehicle, behind it. He said his vehicle was a safe distance away and was not being driven fast.
“What is there to gain from people like Anand, Devant, Chandresh, Suruj and fellas like that in the government?” he asked. Ishmael was referring to the AG and Local Government Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan, Food Production Minister Devant Maharaj and Transport Minister Chandresh Sharma. Asked if he was prepared to join with the PNM, his answer was no.
He added: “I am not interested in being a part of the PNM. I respect its policies but they are the same people who spied on me and arrested and charged me in 2007. I have no reason to support the PNM.” Ishmael said the support for the ILP has been like a “tsunami,” and people from the East West Corridor had been showing support for Warner’s party.
Ishmael said everyone desiring change was welcome on board and tribal politics was over in T&T. “We just saw a perfect example in Chaguanas West. Kamlamania is dead. People had poor leadership and that resulted in poor representation,” he added.
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