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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Bamboo welcomes Ian
Bamboo No. 1 yesterday welcomed UNC St Joseph candidate Ian Alleyne with open arms, handshakes, kisses and several requests to get certain issues rectified. Accompanied by a large contingent of yellow-clad supporters and led by a music truck playing his signature tune UNC and Ian Alleyne coming, Alleyne, the host of the Crime Watch TV programme, walked through the community meeting residents and familiarising himself with the area. He was prepared for requests, listening to residents’ concerns and collecting information.
Introducing Alleyne around was UNC St Joseph co-ordinator Ganga Singh and UNC constituency officials. Many in the the village west of the Grand Bazaar complex, vowed to remain UNC and people came out to their gates, driveways and porches to greet and see Alleyne as the UNC “posse” passed. The village’s oldest farmer, 90-year-old Ramsundar Sookoo, shook hands warmly with Alleyne, saying “I’m behind Ian 100 per cent. He will get our support here.”
Chandai Ramlogan, the first to meet Alleyne, gave his team of note takers’ information on her drainage problems. She said: “We never saw the former MP, we hope the candidate will do better and help us.” She said she didn’t think ex-MP Herbert Volney should have crossed to the ILP since he had been elected under the UNC. Koon Koon Thackoor whose family occupies several homes said, “The former MP betrayed us. He started off well but he fell down and later neglected the area.”
Other members of the Thackoor family said Volney—who joined the ILP—had promised to erect a dome for their village temple, but had not fulfilled it. Mootilal Satram and his wife said, “We never followed Jack (Warner) and this ILP now, we in this area always for the UNC and Kamla so we’re happy to meet Mr Alleyne.” The Seepersads of Singh Street said, “We hope he wins. It’s good that he went up for the UNC.”
Tiluckdharry Ramrattan and his relatives said, “Mr Alleyne has a very good chance compared to the last representative. We like Alleyne, we’re literally seeing progress—look at this road it was recently paved. But we still have other things we need to get done—sluice gates and so on. But I can say this area will remain UNC.” Alleyne, while elated with the Bamboo reception, expressed disappointment in the ethics of former colleagues who he said had aired details of his salary package and other personal information on the ILP platform.
Alleyne said such confidential information could only have been in the possession of former friends.
On questions raised about him, Alleyne told the T&T Guardian he had bought a Range Rover which would be transferred soon. He said he could state from whom he had bought it. He also said his accountants were also able to talk about his tax returns. Alleyne said his former attorney and current competitor for the St Joseph seat, Om Lalla, was fully aware of several of his personal transactions. He said they had been friends, but it now seems client confidentiality had been compromised.
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