United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has dared detractors in the party to challenge her for the leadership and the UNC’s Vasant Bharath, Ramona Ramdial, Devant Maharaj and Larry Lalla have responded to her criticism.
Persad-Bissessar issued the “fight” call at the UNC’s Monday Night Report meeting where she also devoted time to fighting the PNM Government.
On UNC issues, Persad-Bissessar said she’d seen some people crying like “little ants or flies”.
She added, “The party will hold internal elections when due. I will put my hat in the ring and I challenge you manos a manos (sic), woman to woman to come forward and put your name next to mine.”
“I understand they’re looking for someone who wants to challenge me as none of them want to put their name next to mine. So don’t worry…that is the democracy is it not? Some people didn’t get a seat whether in the Senate or Lower House and they’re vex…they want to mash up the whole castle, they want to mash up everything. But they will not succeed and they know they won’t succeed.”
“So you know what happened? They’re not calling for the internal election. You know if you really truly wanted to play a part in a democratic party, you’d call for the election.”
Persad-Bissessar added, “No. They want me to resign. I am not resigning. I will call and the party will call for the internal election when it’s due and again.”
“I say come forward, we’ll take you on. I’ll take on all comers, I’m not afraid of any of you….I’ve been here longer than you and I’m far brighter than you will ever, ever hope to be…”
She also said she’d noted the continued cries from some who were upset they weren’t selected. “
“It’s disappointing that those who I once trusted and empowered, are now ‘gunning’ for me.”
“It really shows the true intentions of such persons because I am 100 per cent certain if they’d returned as MPs or if we’d formed the Government, they’d be singing another tune…but when they go low, we go high!”
She said the party’s internal affairs “are just that – our business.”
The internal election is expected later this year.