Basdeo Panday: “The PNM will Win the next General Election”

Fmr. Prime Minister
Basdeo Panday

Former Prime Minister and UNC founder Basdeo Panday says, if the December 02nd poll were a General Election, the People’s National Movement (PNM) under Dr. Keith Rowley would win.

In a wide ranging exclusive interview with IzzSO media at the Basdeo Panday Foundation offices in Chaguanas , Mr. Panday said given the public sentiment, the United National Congress under Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar has not reformed itself enough to allay concerns about allegations of widespread corruption related to massive spending during the tenure of the People’s Partnership government from 2010 to 2015.He said the UNC would have to revamp the image of the party away from an image of weakness and corruption.

Mr. Panday also said at one time he was open to a reconciliation with Mrs. Persad Bissessar and even attended a meeting at her home in Philippines just after the People’s Partnership 2010 victory at the polls, which was organised by mutual friends, but she did not seem to share the same objectives as he did.

He said there were two other attempts on different occasions initiated by San Juan/Barataris MP Dr. Fuad Khan and Jearlene John which never materialised into actual meetings. He said at this time there is no longer an interest by him to reconcile with the Political leader of the UNC or the UNC in it’s present incarnation.

Mr. Panday also spoke about Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley , whom he said is very clever and a bright politician, whom Mr. Panday say does not seem to know what it is to be a Prime Minister or how to effective communicate as a Prime Minister should:

He also said that as a Prime Minister Dr. Rowley does not seem to understand protocol and get into many unnecessary fights. When asked about what he thinks are Dr. Rowley’s strengths as a leader?


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    Cliff Pilgrim 2 years

    Everybody knows where they stand with Rowley, but they never knew where they stood with all the previous Prime Monisters. Rowley cannot play the Political Games, and I think that’s upset everyone. I like his Style. There is no snake in his Balisier!

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    Curt Roberts 2 years

    From a man who did not know kamla would of beaten him 10 to 1 in the unc intenal election 2009 know who will win the general election look panday time to get over that cutasrse you get by now eh

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      JLA 2 years

      Evidenty that was the wrong decision made in their internal elections

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    Dhandeo Ramlal 2 years

    Ent your daughter form a party you think she could win a seat.

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    Rex 2 years

    Fortunately nobody listens to this mischievous man anymore. He still cannot accept the blows he got from Kamla, 10 to 1.

    Just imagine he was in charge of the entire election machinery, have all his henchmen strategically placed and a humble Indian woman from the country side made him so ashamed that he can’t even get over to date.

    His attitude is of typical coolie mentality. When you cannot get what you want, wish for failure and praise the PNM. Wicked people take so so long to die.

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    Darrin Persad 2 years

    Basdeo who?
    He still around?

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    Dayne 2 years

    I do not agree with the last paragraph at all. Rowley rather skillfully avoids fights through proxies and the ‘waiting for the report’ line. It is a practice I’ve come to loathe. But he does use his Ministers to handle fights and relevant matters

    Panday on the other hand was far more guilty of what he’s accusing Rowley. I remember well when during protests/wage negotiations Panday called teachers criminals. He then clarified that teachers who abandon duties were criminals. At any rate it was ‘unneccessay fight’ that his Minister should have handled. Ironically that Minister was KPB.

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    The airport scandal is still active. U and your financers should be behind bars.. that was tax payers money…mr.panda

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    Zxxxcex 2 years

    Waste of Time…ride into the sunset if it is still There????

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    juniorjella 2 years

    He is just looking for the Lights! PNM people don’t even pay him any mind and go out and Vote, he is using Psychology, so if you think you going to win, you would not go out! Dr. Rowley is handling his Affairs very well and working it for ALL the People of T&T. Go Tell Kamla to SHUT UP!

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