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Indarsingh: My track record speaks for itself
Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh has hit back at the Independent Liberal Party’s (ILP) deputy leader Anna Deonarine challenging her to bring the evidence that he sold out sugar workers. “Where is the evidence? People must be prepared to put the evidence in the public domain and if they cannot, they must shut up,” Indarsingh said Thursday.
Speaking on a Couva platform last Monday night, Deonarine questioned the role of Indarsingh, then president general of the All Trinidad Sugar and General Workers’ Trade Union, in the closure of Caroni (1975) Limited. She wanted to know whether the People’s National Movement (PNM) under the administration of then prime minister Patrick Manning was the only hand played in the closure of the sugar industry.
“Any agreement that was done on behalf of the ex-employees of Caroni was done through the medium of the Industrial Court,” Indarsingh said. “Rudranath Indarsingh and the ATSGWU certainly was not the government of the day and did not take any decision to close Caroni. “At the very outset, this matter was challenged at every level that was available to the union from the point of view of the Industrial Court.
“When the union got the agreement for land distribution and the government challenged the decision of Justice Lennox Deyalsingh, we took the government to court.” Indarsingh said that matter was tied up at the level of the Privy Council for years and it was only when the People’s Partnership came into power, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar instructed the Attorney General to remove the injunction against the Deyalsingh ruling and the infrastructural work on residential and agricultural plots started again.
“And this is a work in progress, so Miss Deonarine must bring the evidence. My track record speaks for itself,” he said. “I have been filing my forms to the Integrity Commission since 2003 and nothing untoward has been found.” As MP for Couva South for the past three years, Indarsingh said Deonarine, who lives in his constituency, “never had the courtesy to lodge a complaint at the office of the MP for one, three, five or ten ex-Caroni workers.
“Neither can I remember, when I was president of the ATSGWTU and Caroni was being closed and a number of battles were being fought at the level of the Industrial Court, Miss Deonarine coming to give any advise or give any moral or physical support for any struggle,” he said.
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