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Rowley’s challenger to launch campaign on Jan 8
The People’s National Movement (PNM) pressure group To Preserve the Balisier (TPTB) plans to go public from the first week of January, the group said yesterday. It intends to put up a challenger to party leader Dr Keith Rowley when the PNM’s leadership contest takes place next year.
The group has planned an outreach programme to inform the public on the issue from January 8, expected to start in the north-east. Yesterday, Dr Bose Sharma said the group will seek to inform the public on the need for reform of the PNM to ensure the party’s long-term political success. Sharma spoke about some of the issues the group will be promoting in its outreach. “The PNM cannot depend on its usual constituents to return to power,” he said.
“In fact, if they don’t change their attitude towards multi-ethnicism and multiculturalism they could find themselves in Opposition for a very long time, despite mistakes, cronyism, nepotism and rank dishonesty by the People’s Partnership. “There is a 20 per cent floating vote which decides elections. We have to make ourselves more accommodating, to attract them. They will not come on promises of change which turn out to be exchange, as what happened with the People’s Partnership.”
Sharma said the group’s balisier emblem meant preserving all that was good within the PNM and rejecting all that was wrong and that was being being done at present in the PNM that bodes ill for the party. “If the PNM cannot change from within through the usual instruments of the GC (General Council) and Central–X (Central Executive), then we have to bring about change from the outside through education, agitation, discussion and public debate,” he said.
“TPTB will always support PNM’s constitution and leader, but we reserve the right to back whichever person best represents our beliefs in any internal party elections—and that could include the present leader—without victimisation or personal attacks.” Sharma said TPTB’s policies included reciprocity.
“Government appointees who are doing a good job and understand the business of the company should be allowed to continue, as long as they can work with the government in confidence,” he said. “The habit of firing a number of people from their jobs just because they are from another political party is abhorrent, inimical to success and against the reintegration of society after a general election.
“Those who could support TPTB’s ideas and principles are welcome to join to help educate others.”
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