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UNC Chief Whip Ganga Singh Resigns
Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2006

Staff Article
April 29, 2006

Opposition Chief Whip Ganga Singh, today resigned from the position and chastised the current grab for power that is taking place among his colleagues. He labeled it a result of "party politics gone mad".

His resignation was not witnessed by the other members of the Opposition because they walked out of the sitting after Oppostion Leader, Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar clashed with the Opposition Chief Whip, Ganga Singh. The Oppostion Leader, Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar did not leave on her own; she was followed out of the Chamber by Couva South MP Kelvin Ramnath, Tabaquite MP Adesh Nanan, Nariva MP Harry Partap and Caroni Central MP Hamza Rafeeq.

In his speech, Mr. Singh claimed that he was constantly being undermined by the other members of the UNC party who even went to the House Speaker Barry Sinanan to have him fired last week.

Winston Dookeran Moves to Back Bench

Earlier on in the sitting, UNC political leader Winston Dookeran and Chaguanas MP Manohar Ramsaran both moved to the back bench in Parliament yesterday to protest the fact that Dookeran was bypassed for the position of Opposition Leader. This position was given to Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar .

Regarding the act of appointing Ms. Bissessar over Mr. Dookeran, Mr. Singh said it was "the height of tyranny, deceit and the intolerable selfishness". He said he made his decision to resign after some frank discussions with Mr. Dookeran and his constituency members. Mr. Singh will also be moving to the back benches when the next sitting takes place.

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