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Vasant Bharath

Former Minister of Agriculture as well as Trade and Industry under the People’s Partnership Administration, Vasant Bharath, has slammed Opposition Leader and UNC Political Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP, over her comments on party activists demanding action and advocacy from the Opposition on Caroni lands for former workers of Caroni 1975 Limited.

The group, which included former Caroni workers, had clashed with activists from the UNC Women’s Arm on Sunday March 20th.

Mr Bharath has stated that he had nothing to do with Sunday’s events. 

During the UNC’s Monday Night Forum, Mrs Persad-Bissessar described as “despicable and disturbing” what she said was the Women’s Arm being “stalked” and attacked by “hideous and abusive” men.

In a strongly worded statement issued today, Vasant Bharath described the UNC leader as “desperate” and rubbished her allegations against him.

“In her desperation, she has now resorted to abusing fellow UNC activists by calling them ‘hooligans, stalkers, lochos and lowlifes’ … simply because they were engaged in peaceful protest for their Caroni lands,” he said in the statement.

The following is the full text of the statement issued by Mr Bharath…

I note the comments attributed to the Leader of the Opposition, in the Trinidad Guardian of today’s date, made in last night’s MNF in which I was accused, by reasonable inference, of “sending those despicable low life, lochos to beat and abuse UNC women”.

This lady is clearly unstable and possibly bipolar, having called for UNITY only last week she is now boasting of having cleansed the party of caste and class. These continued unwarranted, obsessive and baseless attacks on me shows a heightened level of desperation that she has lost her grip on the party and on reality.

She continues to disrespect the base of the party by believing that they are uneducated and naive enough to accept her blatant lies and fabrications, taking them for granted by playing 1960’s politics with their children’s lives when these crisis times call for a level, sober head, providing hope, comfort and assurance to a seriously burdened people.

In her desperation, she has now resorted to abusing fellow UNC activists by calling them ‘hooligans, stalkers, lochos and lowlifes’ … simply because they were engaged in peaceful protest for their Caroni lands.

I denounce and reject this kind of gutter behaviour from the Leader of the Opposition and strenuously deny these false and baseless allegations.

Rest assured that I intend to do whatever is necessary to prevent the continued slurring of my name and correct the public record.