The United National Congress has moved on from the Ganga Singh issue and there is no division in the party.
“There is no split coming out of that. We are focused on returning good governance to Trinidad and Tobago and we cannot be distracted by things so easily so we remained focused,” said UNC Public Relations Officer Anita Haynes.
Haynes made the comment yesterday as the party held its constituency executive elections.
The UNC PRO was acting as an observer at the El Dorado North Hindu school.
Positions were challenged across 10 constituencies in the election. Haynes said it was simply the UNC getting its business in order as the party continues to prepare for upcoming Local Government elections and next year’s General Election.
“This is really the United National Congress making sure all of our UNC business is in order in terms of constituency executive. Later, well in July, we will have the elections for our women’s arm and our youth and we are just taking care of UNC business for right now,” said Haynes, “Preparations for the local government and the general elections are ongoing. We will also be having our budget consultations and cottage meetings so the party is very vibrant at this time. This is just UNC business to have our ducks in a row. “
The Chaguanas West MP caused a stir when he went against the party’s stance and voted with Government on four clauses in the Miscellaneous Provisions bill for enhanced pensions for legislators, the prime minister, the president, and judges.
The Chaguanas West MP later defended his decision stating he stood on principle as the party had previously lobbied for those changes.
Singh, however, voted with his colleagues against all other clauses of the bill, including the proposed changes to the Freedom of Information Act.
His actions prompted some people to call for him to disciplined by the party.
Haynes said while Singh’s actions were disappointing, the party had a different focus at this time.
“It’s always disappointing when someone chooses to air their opinion in that manner, as opposed to discussing it in a caucus and then going forward with our collective responsibility. All of this is par for the course at this point in time. The UNC remains vibrant and ready for elections,” said Haynes, “We had an incident with the MP and we moved on from that.”
Another opposition MP Dr. Fuad Khan, later said he backed Ganga Singh’s decision on the vote.
Khan was absent when the vote took place and admitted he left the Parliament before because he did not want to subject himself to the vote as he agreed with provisions for legislators and judges. He said he did not know what he would have done if present for the division.
Despite these assertions from two UNC MPs, Haynes said it was business as usual for the party.