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Bitter battle

alliance talk in lead-up to tobago election

scarborough — The People’s National Movement went into full election battle gear yesterday, with political leader Dr. Keith Rowley speaking of a possible alliance with Tobago heavyweight Hochoy Charles and former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj to run the country.

Rowley was speaking before a large crowd at Market Square in Scarborough where the PNM presented its 12-member slate for the January 21 Tobago House of Assembly election.

He told the lively crowd: “I hear them saying that the PNM is financing Hochoy Charles to split votes, but let me tell you this, I have been in opposition to Hochoy Charles since 1980 … if there is any Tobagonian who deserves the name Tobagonian, is Hochoy Charles. If Kamla could get together with Jack to ruin this country, I can get together with Ramesh Maharaj and Hochoy Charles to run this country.”

Rowley was responding to claims by Tobago Organisation of the People leader Ashworth Jack that the PNM was financing Charles, a former THA chief secretary under the National Alliance for Reconstruction government, to split the TOP votes.

Rowley, who was ushered onto the platform with confetti and flag-waving, also put Tobagonians on notice that the PNM will not be rushed to support any legislation for internal self-government for the island as he criticised the “indecent haste” of the People’s Partnership Government to bring a bill to the Parliament this week.

“I would have liked to stay longer with you, but tomorrow morning I have to head back to Trinidad. It is a high point of vulgarity, lack of class, and crassness that washes this country when you see a Government calling the Parliament to session to lay in the Parliament a bill to give Tobago internal self-government in the height of an election.

“As opposition leader, I have no idea what the government is going to lay in the house.,” he said.

He chastised the TOP leader and his team for treating with the issue of internal self-government as a joke. (Express)

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