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Three parties hit St Joseph streets
PNM St Joseph by-election candidate Terrence Deyalsingh hit the easterly streets of Mt Lambert in a walkabout yesterday while one of his opponents, the ILP’s Om Lalla, went on a walkabout in the westerly Aranguez area. Deyalsingh walked with a group of red-clad PNMites, led by a loudspeaker. Also accompanying him were campaign manager John Rahael and PNM St Joseph constituency officials.
Lalla was introduced to the Aranguez area by ILP leader Jack Warner. They were accompanied by several music trucks, loudspeakers and a large following of green-clad supporters, including psychic Yesenia Gonzales and former St Joseph MP Herbert Volney, plus several ILP candidates who had participated—and lost—in Monday’s local government poll. Deyalsingh started off his walkabout near Willo’s Bar, Mt Lambert, and Lalla began not far from Killey’s bar in Aranguez.
The loudspeaker accompanying Deyalsingh urged residents to come out and meet him as his group made their walk at about 3.30 pm. Many homes were closed but some residents came out. Others whom he approached greeted him, shook his hand or hugged him. “We’re glad to see him in the area. We have not had things fixed since Augustus Ramrekersingh’s time,” said one resident. Her neighbour shook hands with Deyalsingh over her gate.
Agnes Richards, who said she was blind, said she would support Deyalsingh, whom she embraced when he went up to her gateway. Deyalsingh was begged for jerseys by a group of young students at Mt Lambert RC School who posed happily with him. A woman in the PNM team told the T&T Guardian to take pictures at a particular house, saying the occupant was a PNM founding member. The occupant, who greeted Deyalsingh warmly, was 90-year-old Fitzroy Thomas.
In Aranguez, ILP supporters gave out ILP flyers and jerseys as Warner strode the streets shaking hands with people and presenting Lalla. While the PNM and ILP candidates were on the southern side of the St Joseph constituency, the UNC was on the northern side near Quarry Drive, Champs Fleurs, where candidate Ian Alleyne also did a walkabout.
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