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Vasant Bharath


It’s a lie! It’s a damn lie!

This is how Vasant Bharath responded to accusations by incumbent United National Congress (UNC) political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar that he had campaigned for the People’s National Movement in the lead-up to the August 10 general election.

Bharath, who is Persad-Bissessar’s sole competitor for leadership of the party in the UNC’s December 6 internal election, held a news conference yesterday at his campaign headquarters in San Juan, where he addressed the issue.

“I want to ask, was Mrs Persad-Bissessar campaigning for the PNM when she was feeding Dr (Keith) Rowley and company. Was she campaigning for the PNM when she took Dr Rowley with her to view Nelson Mandela’s body. And at the time she said ‘in my case I was allowed one person and I chose the leader of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley to accompany me to South Africa,” he said.

“Why didn’t she ask Basdeo Panday? Why didn’t she ask Jack Warner? Why didn’t she ask Roodal Moonilal? Why didn’t she ask Tim Gopeesingh? It seems the political leader has two tongues, one in her mouth and one in her shoes. We must watch what she does because actions speak louder than words,” Bharath said.

Saying he came from the bowels of Opposition politics, the former member of Parliament for St Augustine added that he was a lifetime member of the UNC and always will be.

“Unlike the very Mrs Persad-Bissessar who was a member of the National Alliance for Reconstruction and fought bitterly against the UNC in 1991, spitting fire and brimstone, calling Mr Panday and our members the worst possible names and losing her deposit in the process. Yes, this same Kamla Persad-Bissessar who pretends to be the saviour of the UNC was only able to muster 2,100 votes for the NAR against the UNC’s 10,400,” Bharath said.

He indicated that Persad-Bissessar is unable to fight the PNM.

“Her public record shows that she has failed miserably in the last ten years and she will continue to do so if given the opportunity,” he said.

“If, as she says, Vasant is to blame for losing the 2020 election, why did she not accept my offer to help the UNC prior to the election? Why did she reject those entrees to her, not just from me but from others to help. But she now comes and says Vasant is to blame for the UNC losing the election. And I dare her to say that no offer was ever made to her,” he added.

Bharath said his decision to join the Prime Minister’s Covid-19 recovery team was done in the national interest.

Irregularities in election process

Bharath went on to accuse Persad-Bissessar of abusing her power in the UNC by creating an election manual to guide her candidates, which he claimed she gave to the elections committee. He said it was interesting that the elections committee has not denied the allegations now in the public domain.

Bharath also accused Persad-Bissessar of abusing party resources. He said the UNC’s Facebook page and the UNC’s Monday night forum are being used “shamelessly” to campaign on behalf of his competitor and her team.

“These are party forums for the benefit of the party and not meant to advance the interest of any one individual,” he pointed out.

Bharath also alleged that the Couva North MP’s staff has been calling UNC members under the auspices of the MP’s office, to determine who members were voting for.

He said this was an abuse of public office which should be strongly condemned.

He said despite the irregularities and lack of integrity in the election process his team will be still contesting the election next month.


SHOCKED and flabbergasted.

That is how North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) chief executive officer Davlin Thomas felt whilst reading the Sunday Express lead story yesterday in which outpatients related their agony of having to wait long periods for health care at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

Most outpatients interviewed by the Express over the last few weeks expressed continued frustration over postponements of appointments.

A Santa Flora man was chased and shot dead in the middle of the roadway yesterday.

He was identified as Trevor Hospedales.

Police said 47-year-old Hospedales was sitting on the roadside with his stepson, a Venezuelan national, when a man walked up to them at around midday.

Dear children of Angelys Marelis Boada Munoz. If you ever make it to Trinidad, your mama is buried at the Freeport Public Cemetery, near where she lived, worked, and died.

It is an unmarked grave, but we know the spot. And we will take you there.

Just so you know, your mother got dignified last rites, attended by five friends, two gravediggers, the driver of the hearse, and a lawyer who paid the funeral expenses.

It took 26 days for “Angel” to get that funeral last Saturday.

Heavy rainfall has for years led to flood waters over-topping the Lothians Bridge at Inverness Road, Borde Narve, Princes Town.

However, with four major Government bodies denying claim of jurisdiction over the area, residents are left bemused. The bridge has been disowned.

Videos sent to the Express by concerned residents show a river where the road crosses, during heavy rainfall.

FRIDAY marked one year since Dr Rudradeva Sharma lost his life in a road traffic accident after he and one of his colleagues who worked at the San Fernando General Hospital were robbed and kidnapped minutes after leaving duty at midnight on January 14.

‘I’M fed up.”

These three short words sum up the emotion of patients seeking outpatient services at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, while their appointments keep getting pushed back over and over again.

While Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has showered praises on the parallel healthcare system established due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the primary healthcare system is suffering.