Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar last night called out Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Attorney General Reginald Armour, demanding they apologise to Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard.
And Persad-Bissessar also slammed remarks by President Christine Kangaloo at last week's women's group launch at Parliament.
Persad-Bissessar did so at UNC’s Monday Night Report in Sangre Grande. She said she had a “little virus” but it wasn’t COVID-19.
Saying Rowley had a “media bashing" last Thursday, Persad-Bissessar said he's failed to answer important questions "surrounding himself and attacks he continues to launch against the DPP." She said he deflected with the issue of accommodation for the DPP and she asked why security wasn't checked before the building was rented.
"He has to answer," she said.
Persad Bissessar claimed the "real plan" was to bait DPP Gaspard into responding to their unwarranted attacks; and the PM, AG and Chief Justice had hoped DPP would respond in an injudicious manner and "get on bad." She claimed they would have "then gotten their puppet President to action a probe" into the DPP's responses and seek to suspend him.
Persad-Bissessar claimed they could then "appoint a puppet DPP" of their choice, as the PM has veto power. "But the plan backfired on them! The DPP didn't take the bait..." she said.
"The Prime Minister cannot backtrack on his attack on the DPP now. I call on the Prime Minister and Attorney General to apologise to DPP Gaspard - I call them out!"
Repeating her claim of Government being afraid of "Nelsongate," Persad-Bissessar also claimed many PNMites are under probe locally and overseas, and also alleged Government "wants to reopen cases the DPP closed."
She also called on Armour to say if his office is “hounding down” the DPP’s Office trying to get the files on the Ramlogan/Ramdeen matter.
Persad- Bissessar, who also said the UNC is attacked as "unpatriotic" when members don't attend events, added she won't be the sort of person who sits, grins and claps, since that was hypocrisy.
Persad-Bissessar heaped scorn on statements by President Kangaloo at the recent women's Parliamentary forum.
She said Kangaloo, "that puppet President," in her first speech, said to put aside spite and grudges, but at the women's group launch, "She was crying crocodile tears about spite and grudges, saying people had abused her and Miss Brigid and nobody said anything."
"Hey! Where you living woman? How many times have they denigrated me, attacked me, viciously? Did I go on a platform to cry? No! I'm not afraid of any of them! In that inauguration, that puppet President said forget past spites and grudges and in her second speech, she complains about spites and grudges and forgets about her own biased and deplorable behaviour as Senate President! She forgets the behaviour of her own leader!"
Persad-Bissessar showed a video of certain remarks Rowley's made.
"It was the most nasty and disgusting comments! But this lady, puppet President comes to talk about who bad talk her!"
She said the women's group was set up to defend the PNM - not women's rights.
Former MP Joseph Toney meanwhile called for borough status for Sangre Grande, noting the area is the hub of northeast business.
"We want safety and security, quality health care, proper water supply," he said, adding borough status must be in UNC's Local Government election manifesto. Toney said nobody believed Rowley's statement that he didn't attack the DPP. He added that the matter concerning the DPP, if not handled "maturely, delicately and constitutionally," has devasting consequences for the rule of law.
Senator Damien Lyder demanded to know if WASA’s business plan includes cutting workers. He said statistics showed 65,000 lost jobs under the PNM and now 126 Digicel workers are also being retrenched. Lyder dismissed Government's claim of VAT refunds "coming" as "Promises Never Materialise."
Sangre Grande corporation chairman Anil Juteram also alleged there's corruption with state acquisition of certain buildings.