|Ramotar to ask Nagamootoo to hit PPP campaign trail||| Print ||
|Thursday, 14 April 2011 12:22|
Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) presidential candidate, Donald Ramotar plans to talk with party-outcast Moses Nagamootoo about getting him on the campaign trail.
Asked whether he would be bringing the former Information Minister on the 2011 campaign trail, Ramotar said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“For sure, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll ask him.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Moses is a PPP person and I hope he still is a PPP person and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get together, as a family some time,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Ramotar who is also the PPPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s General Secretary.
When asked Thursday whether he would entertain such talks, Nagamootoo told demwaves.com Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have no comment.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Nagamootoo has been side-lined by the Bharrat Jagdeo administration although he had campaigned for the party in 2006. He was awarded a back bench in the National Assembly. Winning the fifth highest number of votes at the PPPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2008 Congress did not guarantee him a seat on the partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Executive Committee.
Ramotar declined to discuss whether he could give the former Local Government Minister any assurances because he has been political jilted in the past.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We belong to the same family, we are both members of the party. I, off course, know Moses a very, very long time; he the same with me and I think he knows where I can stand, he knows where we can talk about and we will speak and we need not be speaking in public,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ said Ramotar.
Nagamootoo dropped out of the PPPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presidential candidate race, saying that once there was going to be a contest, the matter should have been taken to ordinary members at county conferences. But now that the other candidates- Clement Rohee, Gail Teixeira, Ralph Ramkarran- have dropped out of the race and Ramotar emerged as the lone person, Nagamootoo has said that move has avoided a political fall-out.
The one-time Local Government Minister is regarded in some quarters as one who is willing to reach across the political divide to govern the country.
However, the PPPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presidential candidate has hailed the reformed 1980 constitution as good basis for running Guyana. The parliamentary committees, he has said, has helped to involve the opposition in decision-making.