There are calls in Trinidad and Tobago for Opposition MP, Prakash Ramadhar, to resign over his trip to Jamaica last week with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar is said to be furious over Mr. Ramadhar’s decision to accept Dr. Rowley’s invitation to participate in the official visit. But Mr. Ramadhar says he made the trip in the best interest of his constituents, who depend on Jamaica’s business.
Mr. Ramadhar says his constituents were very concerned about any possible fallout with Jamaica.
He says many factory workers in Trinidad stood to lose their jobs, if threats to boycott their goods materialized.
Mr. Ramadhar is the MP for St. Augustine, a safe seat for the People’s Parternship Coalition, led by Kamla Persad Bissessar.
The coalition is made up of Mrs. Persad Bissessar’s United National Congress, UNC, as well as the Congress of the People, COP, and others.
Ramadhar is a former leader of the COP, and currently the party’s only Member of Parliament.
Part of the speculation surrounding Ramadhar’s Jamaica trip, is that Rowley is trying to entice the COP MP to join ranks with the ruling People’s National Movement, PNM, in Parliament. But speaking on CNC3’s Morning Brew on Monday, Mr. Ramadhar dismissed those speculations.
He says the trip was a tremendous success, and he was applauded in Jamaica for participating across party lines.
Mr. Ramadhar says judgements by the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, were among the sensitive issues that the two delegations discussed during the Jamaica talks.
Among those judgements is the CCJ’s Shanique Myrie ruling, which stipulates the reasons a CARICOM national can be denied entry to a member state.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, is describing the Jamaica trip as necessary, timely and successful.
Following his return to the twin island republic, Dr. Rowley told local media that the trip was useful in resolving tensions between the countries.
Dr. Rowley says free movement and trade issues were discussed at length. However, he says he was most impressed by Jamaica’s DNA lab.