MP faces constituents tonight

Chaguanas West constituency officials said yesterday Warner, who resigned from the Cabinet and as UNC chairman this week, is holding today’s meeting, scheduled for the Pierre Road Recreation Ground, Chaguanas, from 6.30 pm, to account to his constituents and say why “all of this has happened.” The meeting’s theme is “Straight Talk.” Warner also plans to deal with both issues during tomorrow’s debate of an Opposition motion against him in Parliament. 

At least one TV station and several radio stations are expected to broadcast tonight’s meeting live, constituency officials said. The lobby group “Bring Jack Back”, led by chairman of the La Paille/Caroni party group Indal Singh, will be out in their numbers for the meeting. However, Singh yesterday admitted to being stumped by Warner’s insistence he had no intention of taking back his ministerial or UNC post, even if they convince Persad-Bissessar to reconsider the matter.

He said despite that, a meeting was held yesterday to make arrangements to go ahead with the lobby. “We already started to look for sponsors and we hope to do a petition to take to her (Persad-Bissessar),” Singh told the T&T Guardian. “We were going to her office to speak to her about Mr. Warner’s resignation with the hope that she reinstates him, but now it doesn’t look like he wants to come back. It means we have to change our strategies now.”

Singh said he was worried about Warner. “This is getting sickening to me because the PNM giving us real pressure,” he said. “We are close to the local government elections and we have to put the machinery in place to win this election, especially in the Tunapuna seat.” He admitted, however, that Warner has not been taking calls from the group and his constituency secretary Indra Maharaj-Jagessar was also not accessible.

Asked what was the next move, Singh said: “It makes no sense to fight an uphill battle for Mr Warner, only to be told he is not interested.” In the meantime, Singh said his committee would throw support behind interim UNC chairman Khadija Ameen. “Local election is at our doorstep and we have to forge ahead,” he said. “If Mr. Warner does not want to be part of the UNC executive, then we have to respect his decision and uphold the Prime Minister’s position to accept his resignations.”  

Singh said a contingency plan was in place. “We are all speechless by the developments of the past few days,” he said. “We were worried about the loyalty that Mr. Warner has among the people but we have to do what is in the best interest of the party because nobody must roll over this party.”


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