Princes Town MP Barry Padarath slammed Prime Minister Keith Rowley for his statement that the People’s Partnership administration spent $350,000 on roti for a Divali function at the Prime Minister’s Residence and Diplomatic Centre.
Padarath stated that Rowley’s statements were totally untrue and without any basis. He further added that at no time did the Partnership Administration ever purchase Roti at the cost of $350,000. Padarath challenged the Prime Minister to produce a bill for $350,000 in roti purchased by the People’s Partnership Administration.
The Princes Town MP said that Rowley’s comments were mischievous and that the Prime Minister added several bills with respect to food, non-alcoholic beverages, service charge, delicacies, cutlery and utensils for over 4,000 attendees to arrive at $350,000.00.
Padarath questioned whether Rowley’s comments were a distraction from the real issues that are affecting the country and sees it as a diversion of attention from the Government’s poor performance over the past 15 months.
Padarath further indicated that all functions at the Prime Minister’s residence and Diplomatic Centre was planned and executed by an events unit under the Office of the Prime Minister and Udecott. He said it was their responsibility to select service providers based on proper procuring practices.
Padarath said that he felt Rowley’s comments had an undertone to it and hoped that Rowley was not engaging in veiled divisive tactics during this Local Government election season.
The Princes Town MP stated that this was just another lie being told by the Rowley administration to prop their declining support nationally.
He called on Rowley once more to produce the bill for $350,000 in roti or publicly apologize for lying to the nation. He noted too, that there is no offense being alleged. MP Padarath said that the population is fed up of the wild allegations and innuendos and is demanding that the PM provide evidence of his $350,000 roti bill or admit that he was deliberately misleading the country.