Ramotar hopes Ramkarran rescinds resignation
- says decision was made in anger
President Donald Ramotar says the decision by Ralph Ramkarran to resign from the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was made in anger.
The President, who is also the PPP General Secretary, said Ramkarran made his decision “at the spur of the moment.” As a result, he said he hopes that when Ramkarran’s anger subsides he would return to the party which he served for five decades.
“We hope Mr Ramkarran would rescind his resignation,” Ramotar said in St Lucia.
Ramotar repeated his party’s position that Ramkarran did not quit because of any policy issue but because of being insulted by another party executive.
The PPP, on Monday, said it intends to engage Ramkarran “in further discussions with a view of reconciling the matter.”
Ramkarran, on Saturday, last, resigned from the party which he served for 50 years. He was counted as one of the last remaining longstanding stalwarts who dared to speak his mind on national issues, even though his views did not find favour with party elites at Freedom House.
Ramkarran tendered his one-line resignation after what the PPP described as a heated discussion at the Executive Committee Meeting on Friday.
The Party’s Executive said it hopes Ramkarran will reconsider his action “as there is no fundamental disagreement on any policy issue.”
The PPP related that Ramkarran felt insulted by the remarks of another member and left the meeting before it concluded.
“The offending remark was withdrawn by the member and an apology was also offered,” the PPP stated.
The discussion at the time is believed to have centered on Ramkarran’s recent article in the party’s newspaper, Mirror, in which he stated that corruption was pervasive.
According to Ramkarran, a lawyer by profession, at a meeting of the party’s Executive Committee on Friday, there were concerns over the articles of corruption he has written.
“…Disquiet was expressed about the confidentiality of discussions in my presence having regard to my recent article on corruption.”
“However, difficult it might be to link the two issues, the intensity of the discussions were such that further participation in the activities of the PPP would be a challenge,” Ramkarran stated.
The party stated that fiery debates are not unusual in the Party, but “unfortunately this one led to a resignation.”
“The Party wishes to state that Cde Ramkarran is a long standing and highly respected member. He has made very valuable contributions to the Party and the country as a whole,” the PPP stated.
Ramkarran and his family have been around for decades in the party’s hierarchy.