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Divided we fall
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar welcomed “back home” the crowd of yellow-clad supporters packed into the People’s Partnership final rally at Mid Centre Mall last night. Speaking at the last leg of the coalition campaign for tomorrow’s local government elections, Persad-Bissessar called for united support for the People’s Partnership. “A house divided among itself will never stand,” she said. She said four times in the past, the party allowed the votes to be split and the People’s National Movement benefitted.
While interim political leader of the Independent Liberal Party Jack Warner campaigned on representation, Persad-Bissessar asked what he was able to do in the Chaguanas West area after the July by-election. She said the coalition would be holding MPs responsible for their areas. She called on the crowd to use the social media to let her know where they failed and they would be held accountable. “I am telling the MPs to connect, connect, connect with the people,” she said.
Speakers before, including Labour Minister Errol McLeod, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, Congress of the People leader Prakash Ramadhar and coalition new-comer and St Joseph hopeful television personality Ian Alleyne, repeated the refrain heard throughout the campaign trail “don’t split the votes.” Alleyne changed the popular People’s National Movement refrain to “great is the UNC” and chanted it to the crowd. The thick and horn-happy crowd grew as Persad-Bissessar took to the stage.
“We are on the eve of a threshold,” she told the crowd. “Once more you the people of our nation are being given the chance to write the history of the future of our nation,” she said. She said all the flags and jubilant support meant nothing unless it is translated to votes. She told the crowd a short story of her past, leaving Trinidad for London at 16 to pursue her studies. “And today, I am proud to stand before you today as your Prime Minister,” she said.
Persad-Bissessar paid homage to United National Congress founder Basdeo Panday, who she said founded the party 25 years ago. “Thank you Mr Panday, thank you founder,” she said. She also thanked her parents for their support and called on the youths in the crowd to “honour” their parents. She said six years, 12 days ago she “bared” her heart to the supporters and it was there that she was urged to continue the struggle.
Persad-Bissessar said she started politics as an alderman in local government and thanked the crowd for standing with her when she became the Member of Parliament for Siparia. She said as first female Attorney General, first female leader of the Opposition and first female Prime Minister, the people also supported her and held her hand
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