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Green cane stalks, Hulk at massive ILP rally
Exuberant ILP activists trudged through mud and slush at the ILP’s stomping ground, predicting an early victory as the party closed off its election campaign with a massive public rally at Endeavour, Chaguanas, yesterday. The crowd of green gathered at the unpaved compound as early as 2 pm. Thousands of people wore different shades of green. Vendors sold green cotton candy, green chow and all types of green paraphernalia. By 4 pm, when Warner arrived, green confetti showered the crowd.
One man danced in front of the stage with green cane stalks strapped to his back, while a man wearing a costume of the Incredible Hulk weaved through the audience. The feel of early election victory energised the mainly youthful crowd. Many danced to the music of Anil Bheem and his band, Rakesh Yankaran, and D Original De Fosto. They were also entertained by the Primala dance company.
After an hour of entertainment, the candidates were introduced by former UNC councillor Falisha Isahak. However, the crowds booed when Isahak inadvertently urged them to vote for the UNC. She quickly had to correct herself. Banners were placed around the muddy grounds which read: “Jack will beat them” and “Do not hesitate, vote ILP, we voting for victory on Monday night.”
Ramesh Ramdhan said the UNC had left their people with a feeling of hopelessness. He said UNC’s deputy political leader Dr Roodal Moonilal was the PNM’s Calder Hart. “It is no longer a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. We have an option in the ILP. We will be victorious on Monday,” Ramdhan shouted. When deputy poltical leader of the ILP, Lyndira Oudit, took to the stage, the crowd cheered. “We commit to integrity by the way we live. We commit to bringing out the good in each other,” Oudit said.
Saying the People’s Partnership could not be trusted, Oudit added, “Ministers cannot separate what is private and public money. It is a contagious disease that ripped apart the PNM and the PP. This year we are witnessing a new level of political vindictiveness, hatred and racialism,” Oudit said. Oudit said the ILP would provide opportunities for youths and reinvigorate the elderly who had lost hope for proper governance.
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