Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh made a rallying call to supporters to come out in full force to give the United National Congress (UNC) a landslide in the local government elections on December 2.
Indarsingh was the first speaker as the UNC local government rally kicked off at Couva South Multi-purpose car park a short while ago.
Addressing a large crowd of supporters wearing in their yellow jerseys, Indarsingh lambasted the ruling Peoples National Movement describing them as as a cover-up government.
While the PNM promised transparency and openness in governance, he said today the taxpayers don’t know the true figures as it relates to economic growth or unemployment, although it is estimated over 66,000 people have lost their jobs. He also spoke to the cover-up in relation to the sexual harassment allegations levelled against the former sports minister Darryl Smith. He called out Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus to say what she has done about that since being in Government.
“She is the worst minister of labour in T&T,” he charged, as he also lambasted Works Minister Rohan Sinanan and Local Government Minister Kazim Hosein for not doing anything to address the poor drainage and road infrastructure.
He said under a UNC government led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar, 135 collective agreements were settled and 56,000 jobs were created, while VAT was reduced on 7,000 food items and inflation was, according to him, kept at its lowest.
“It has been pain, it has been misery. It has been suffering on working-class and ordinary people of T&T.”
Senator Sean Sobers also accused the Government of starving the police service of resources to fight crime. He said the Government had touted the Anti Gang legislation as the magic bullet to deal with high crime but yet over a year after the law was enacted only seven of the 2,000 gangsters identified by the Government have been arrested.
Also accusing the Government of incompetence, Senator Saddam Hosein called on the Rowley administration to come clean on the land deal at Kaydonna, Curepe, where land for the Curepe Interchange development was acquired. He said he will be applying under the Freedom of Information Act for the information.