TRADE Minister Vasant Bharath on Thursday threw his support behind Khadijah Ameen, the UNC’s candidate for the Chaguanas West bye-election, at a cottage meeting at the La Paille Community Centre.
This despite the fact that Bharath was once tipped to be selected by the UNC as the candidate for the July 29 election.
Bharath said he has nothing personal against former Chaguanas West MP, UNC chairman and Government Minister Jack Warner, whom Bharath said he had once urged back into the UNC after Warner’s falling out with UNC founder Basdeo Panday. Yet justifying his opposition to Warner’s candidacy now, Bharath said, “No one man can hold this party to ransom.”
He told constituents that their parents had long had a dream to get into Government and they must not now throw that away. Bharath recalled the sacrifices made by persons such as his father Dr John Bharath, a DLP MP who contested an election against Bhadase Sagan Maraj, where Dr Bharath’s car driven by Vasant’s uncle at the Caroni Bridge, was shot at.
Bharath recalled the internal squabbles that led to the end of the 1986 NAR Government and the 2000 UNC Government, lamenting, “Each time that happened, the PNM got back into office. Those splinter parties got enough votes to spoil it for your Government.”