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T&T Opposition MP Prakash Ramadhar under pressure to resign

Opposition MP Prakash Ramdahar who accompanied PM Dr. Keith Rowley on his official visit to Jamaica Opposition MP Prakash Ramdahar who accompanied PM Dr. Keith Rowley on his official visit to Jamaica
PORT OF SPAIN,  Trinidad, July 26, 2016 - Trinidad and Tobago’s Opposition MP Prakash Ramadhar is under pressure to resign as he is said to have travelled to Jamaica with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley without the permission of Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Since returning from Jamaica there have been several posts plastered on the UNC and St Augustine Constituency Facebook walls, calling for Ramdahar to resign as MP.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, the posts began hours after he returned to Trinidad after a five-day trip to Jamaica, which he attended with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to rekindle a strained relationship between both countries.

Several posts described Ramadhar as a “traitor” and being disrespectful to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar for going with the PNM delegation.

They also reminded Ramadhar that if it was not for the UNC he would have never won the seat on a COP ticket.

Ramdahar told the Guardian that if it was the will of his constituents to resign as MP for St Augustine, he would do so.

Ramadhar made it clear that he had no craving for political office. He said there were people in the UNC who never supported him and wanted him out of the Opposition in order to dominate the politics to an unhealthy level.

Two weeks ago, Persad-Bissessar had knocked Ramadhar for accepting the Jamaica invitation, saying an Opposition parliamentarian could not represent the Opposition bench without holding consultation with her.

In an interview on CNC3 Morning Brew yesterday, Ramadhar, in response to the Opposition Leader’s claims, said he did in fact communicated with Persad-Bissessar, via text message, a phone call and voice message, informing her about the trip which she did not acknowledge.

Before leaving, Ramadhar said he consulted with COP’s leader Dr Anirudh Mahabir.

He, however, agreed that Rowley should have first consulted with Persad-Bissessar before inviting him.

“We have seen many breaches while we were in government within the (People’s) Partnership but we never allowed that to create any fracture,” he said.

Since his return on Thursday, Ramadhar said he had not spoken to Persad-Bissessar who had made no attempt to reach him either.

Last modified onTuesday, 26 July 2016 08:34

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