Opposition members a no-show at Independence celebrations … except one

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Opposition members a no-show at Independence celebrations … except one

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her MPs were not present, officials indicated, as has been customary during their tenure in Opposition.

However UNC councillor Samuel Sankar appeared to be the only member of the Opposition attending yesterday’s 60th Independence Anniversary celebrations at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.

Sankar who is from the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation (TPRC) was seen at the QPS celebrations and other state functions.

Kelly Village/Warrenville councillor Sankar, who is also attached to the TPRC, was also recently spotlighted after he attended the Local Government Ministry’s consultation with corporations on the Local Government bill.

At a UNC meeting the night before the consultation, Persad-Bissessar ordered officials of the seven UNC-held corporations to boycott the consultations. Sankar had said councillors were told to attend the consultation and protest and he was unaware of the boycott call which came at the meeting’s end.

He suffered threats which he reported to the police but stood by his position. He was supported by Mayaro MP Rushton Paray and others. Persad-Bissessar subsequently said he’d explained his situation and the matter was a “non-issue.”