THE Prime Minister’s acceptance of the resignation of the Minister of Sports was a demonstration of “careful consideration of all the facts, and responsible leadership”, Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communication, Vasant Bharath has said.
Dismissing as “typical, baseless fabrication”, claims by the PNM Opposition Leader, Dr Keith Rowley, that the Prime Minister was forced to make her decision, Minister Bharath said: “In fact, the Prime Minister demonstrated that she would not bow to political pressure, and would instead chose to act responsibly by thoroughly considering the facts before her before making a decision.”
“That the Leader of the Opposition is now trying to make citizens believe that the Prime Minister was forced is really his admission that he does not understand the fundamental principles of leadership and decisive decision making.”
The Minister added: “Dr Rowley routinely misrepresents the facts of issues and attempts to capitalise on concoctions because he sees no other way of getting the attention of the public. It is a symptom of his lack of ideas and long history of failure to present any kind of alternative to everything he says no to.”
“It is therefore no surprise that he is now claiming that the Prime Minister was forced. In this case, what the Opposition Leader is trying to misrepresent is the fact that the Prime Minister continues to lead our country by new standards of openness, consultation and facts.”
“The Prime Minister has demonstrated in the past that she will fearlessly uphold the public interest over partisan considerations and in the case of the Minister of Sports, she acted as she always has and did so with loyalty to the best interest of citizens,” Minister Bharath said.