Po­ten­ti­al joint ven­tu­re NDP and VHP mar­red

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Pre­si­dent De­si Bou­ter­se on Mon­day stron­gly cri­ti­ci­zed op­po­si­ti­on MP Asis­ku­mar Ga­ja­dien (VHP). Alt­hough he did not men­ti­on him by na­me, the pre­si­dent clear­ly loo­ked at him and poin­ted his fin­ger as he spo­ke of a pig, don­key and po­li­ti­cal chick. MP Ga­ja­dien last week ac­cu­sed the pre­si­dent of sen­ding young wo­man to mas­sa­ge par­lors be­cau­se of the cri­sis in the coun­try. This ac­cu­sa­ti­on has se­rious­ly mar­red any po­ten­ti­al joint ven­tu­re bet­ween the Na­ti­o­nal De­mo­cra­tic Par­ty (NDP) and the Pro­gres­si­ve Re­form Par­ty (VHP) af­ter the ge­ne­ral elec­ti­ons of 2020. Bou­ter­se has al­rea­dy ma­de it clear that MP Ga­ja­dien is not wel­co­me at the ne­go­ti­a­ting ta­ble when both par­ties dis­cuss a fu­tu­re col­la­bo­ra­ti­on.

Pre­si­dent Bou­ter­se on Fri­day angri­ly left the con­fe­ren­ce room when MP Ga­ja­dien had the floor and ma­de the ac­cu­sa­ti­ons. Bou­ter­se on Mon­day ga­ve his res­pon­se to MP Ga­ja­dien. “Be­cau­se of the com­ments ma­de by one of your mem­bers which we­re hurt­ful, in­sul­ting, de­gra­ding and even very in­ap­prop­ri­a­te to­wards the head of sta­te, I was for­ced to lea­ve the con­fe­ren­ce ear­ly in or­der to pro­tect the in­sti­tu­te of the pre­si­dent,” said Bou­ter­se du­ring the dis­cus­si­on of the ge­ne­ral po­li­ti­cal views. “I can as­su­re you that the be­ha­vi­or of said MP will have po­li­ti­cal con­se­quen­ces.” MP Ga­ja­dien dee­med this sta­te­ment as a th­re­at. The chair­wo­man of par­li­a­ment, Jen­ni­fer Geer­lings-Si­mons, did not agree with Ga­ja­dien’s in­ter­pre­ta­ti­on which is why she did not ask the head of sta­te to ta­ke back his words as re­quested by MP Ga­ja­dien. Bou­ter­se men­ti­o­ned so­me examples of a good col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween him and pro­mi­nent mem­bers of the VHP in the in­te­rest of the coun­try and the pe­o­p­le. He poin­ted out that they pro­vi­ded as­sis­tan­ce in se­cu­ring the $550 mil­li­on govern­ment bond lo­an. “Vij­ay Kir­pa­la­ni got us through it and of cour­se a pro­mi­nent VHP mem­ber. So you see that we need each other. I than­ked his chair­man af­ter that,” said Bou­ter­se as he ref­fe­red to VHP chair­man Chan­dri­ka­persad San­tok­hi. He ex­plai­ned that the ac­cu­sa­ti­ons we­re the­re­fo­re very hurt­ful. MP Ga­ja­dien ac­cu­sed the pre­si­dent of being res­pon­si­ble for let­ting young wo­men work at mas­sa­ge par­lors in or­der to get through the cri­sis. The pre­si­dent ma­de it clear that the NDP will not sit at the sa­me ne­go­ti­a­ting ta­ble with the per­son who ma­de the ac­cu­sa­ti­on. “If he is pre­sent, the­re will be no dia­lo­gue. It could have hu­ge po­li­ti­cal con­se­quen­ces for this po­li­ti­cal chick,” said Bou­ter­se.

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