UNC Senator Vasant Bharath has resigned as a UNC Senator with immediate effect, citing his decision to run for the post of political leader of the UNC in the December 5th internal elections.
Bharath's announcement comes via a letter he has written to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in which he told Persad-Bissessar that it would be inappropriate for him to continue in that position at this time.
The following is the letter:
"Dear Mrs Persad-Bissessar,
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is questioning the 'silence' of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, over "an emerging crime crisis and the brutal murder of Superintendent of Prisons, Mr. David Millette."
In a statement issued today, Persad-Bissessar said Dr Rowley has a direct duty and responsibility for issues of national security, as Chairman of the National Security Council.
“He must speak, he must act and he must assure the nation that initiatives are being taken to bring this crisis to an end,” Persad-Bissessar said in the statement.
The Youth Arm of the United National Congress has come out in support of UNC Political Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's bid to be re-elected to lead the party, saying that the members who have publicly expressed their opinions for her to go, were people rejected by the party's Screening Committee.
In a statement issued by the UNC Youth Arm's Chairman, Nicholas Morris, the Youth Arm says it appears to be a case of 'sour grapes'.
The following is the UNC Youth Arm's complete statement:
Attorney-at-law Larry Lalla, the man who represented former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as her 'Debates Negotiator' just weeks ago, is making a call for her to give up the post of Political Leader of the United National Congress.
Lalla issued a statement this morning saying it is time for Persad-Bissessar to move on adding that 'there were critical and obvious shortcomings in leadership' in her Government.