Sacked UNC Senator Robin Montano believes Opposition Leader
Basdeo Panday fired him because he moved a motion in a party
forum opposing Ramesh Maharajs return to the party.
But Montano said he remains a UNC member and wont leave
before the twin hydra-headed monster of leadership
in the party is settled.
cannot be allowed to continue for very much longer and things
havent played themselves out yet, so to leave now would
if the party doesnt adhere to its political policies,
I will leave, Montano said.
Montano said political leader Winston Dookeran was shocked
and knew nothing of his removal until he told him.
Panday remained mum yesterday, but said he had notified the
President of Montanos removal and his replacement.
It is understood that CEO Tim Gopeesingh may replace Montano
in the Senate on Tuesday.
However, a party source said it was likely a permanent replacement
for Montano will eventually be Maharaj.
a classic Panday play, said the source.
Montano told the press he learned of his removal at 12.30
pm yesterday, when he attended after a meeting at the Opposition
Leaders office with Tobago tourism officials.
He said Panday gave no reason.
the meeting Mr Panday said he wanted to see me. We went into
said, Sit down. I sat.
said, Im revoking your appointment as a senator.
said, Anything else?
said, No, thats it.
said, Thank you very much. and I left.
Asked if he felt Maharaj would replace him in Senate, Montano
replied, Your guess is as good as mine... what do you
He said he was a bit surprised, since Panday was a man who
talks of unity.
But Montano said he would not accept that a small clique had
any right to bring back a man like Maharaj who caused
is a man who caused Mr Panday to face serious criminal charges,
know a senior UNC minister gave the PNM details of Mr Pandays
London bank account which had been the basis of Mr Pandays
problems and it wasnt Trevor (Sudama) or Ralph( Maraj).
So guess who it was!
year ago I made statement about Ramesh returning and Mr Panday
supported me on it.
of a sudden now Ramesh is coming back and theres no
consultation with the congress which removed him.
Montano said he felt Dookeran should have been consulted on
his removal, although the Opposition Leader appoints senators.