Thursday 2 July, 2020

Lincoln Douglas resigns from COP, leader questions timing

Pictured: At left, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, at right, Dr Lincoln Douglas.

Pictured: At left, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, at right, Dr Lincoln Douglas.

Political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has questioned the timing of the resignation of Dr Lincoln Douglas from the party.

The one-time deputy political leader tendered his resignation – via a WhatsApp message on Monday.

Speaking with Loop News, the COP leader questioned why Dr Douglas would resign in the midst of preparations for the upcoming general election.

“He made several allegations and gave unfounded reasons for his decision. He made several claims against me and attacked me as leader.”

She questioned the reason behind his resignation.

“Why would you resign now? Why are you resigning on the eve of an election?” she asked.

Seepersad-Bachan said she believes Dr Douglas’ resignation precedes a political move.

The COP leader responded to allegations that she and her executive had done nothing to move the party forward.

She countered that Dr Douglas has been an inactive member of the party, and has had no involvement in the party’s “new vision”.

The COP leader noted that Dr Douglas was a former deputy political leader up to 2014, under the leadership of Prakash Ramadhar.

Under her leadership, he was chairman of the party’s parliamentary caucus which would make comments on bills brought to Parliament.

She said Dr Douglas has since shown little interest in the party and has not been active in his former constituency of Lopinot/Bon Air Gardens where he served as MP from 2010 to 2015.

She said this is one example of internal rumblings within the party which has left some disappointed in the COP.

Seepersad-Bachan stressed that there was no place for individual agendas that clash with the party’s ideals.

She said she would not allow this to deter the COP from its mandate - uniting people and T&T, displacing tribal politics, putting the country’s interest first above party and self, and restoring integrity in public life and for those aspiring to public office.

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