Her Worship Vandana Mohit, Chaguanas Mayor and UNC candidate for Chaguanas East, at her offices at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, on Monday. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Chaguanas Mayor Vandana Mohit is confident that she would win the Chaguanas East seat for the United National Congress (UNC).

Mohit is among 10 new-comers to the political arena who have been given the nod by the UNC’s political leader and the party’s Screening Committee to contest the General Election on August 10th.

Mayor Mohit spoke with Guardian Media from her offices at the Chaguanas  Borough Corporation’s Administrative Complex on Monday . 

“I feel very happy this morning. I feel confident that the UNC will be the next Government of T&T,” she said.

Mohit said during her term as mayor, she has been able to bring some measure of relief to persons in the busy Central Borough. She said the party would have taken the decision as to who would succeed her as Mayor. 

She also revealed that she plans to start walking on Tuesday throughout Chaguanas East. When asked about her opponent—the PNM’s Clarence Rambharat—she said:

“Every battle I have entered, I have entered to win. I am in this to win this.”

The UNC’s candidate for Cumuto, Dr Rai Ragbir, at his offices on Caroni Savannah Road, on Monday. (Image: SHASTRI BOODAN)

Guardian Media spoke with another newcomer to electoral politics, Dr Rai Ragbir, at his offices on Caroni Savannah Road, Chaguanas. Ragbir said this was the first time he had thrown his hat in the ring; he was chosen for the Cumuto/Manzanilla seat. Ragbir is the UNC’s treasurer and was a past deputy political leader. 

Ragbir said he would be walking the constituency with outgoing MP Christine Newallo-Hosein, to look closely at the needs of the people.

“This area is mostly an agricultural community, which has been neglected by the Keith Rowley Administration,” Dr Ragbir notes. “This administration failed to provide the necessary support and infrastructure for agriculture.”

Dr Rai Ragbir said he is focused on serving the needs of all the people of Cumuto and coming up with a solution to their challenges, in a timely fashion.

Opposition Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudy Indarsingh, will be contesting the seat for the third time for the UNC. (Image courtesy Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Couva South, Rudy Indarsingh, has been given the green light by the UNC to contest his seat, once again.  It will be the third time he will be doing so.

Speaking with Guardian Media at his Caroni Village residence, Indarsingh said he was confident of taking the seat once again for the UNC.

The Couva South MP lamented what he says is serious neglect in his constituency from the Rowley Administration, in office for the past 5 years.

“Roads and other infrastructure have deteriorated, while the Point Lisas Industrial Estate saw many plants being closed and workers being sent home, because of government policies,” the MP states.

Indarsingh said infrastructure such as early childhood care facilities had been left to rot, while residents had to clamour and protest to get a regular supply of water.