May 21, 2016 News
…blames APNU thugs for hostility
Former President, Bharat Jagdeo, during a walkabout in the Capital received mixed receptions from vendors at their newly allocated vending quarters yesterday.
While Jagdeo and his party colleagues, including Members of Parliament, Bishop Juan Edghill and Charles Ramson Jnr. and Irfaan Ali, were well received by some vendors, they came under heavy scrutiny from others who unleashed verbal attacks.
These attacks were directed mostly in Jagdeo’s direction. These vendors accused the former President of robbing and defacing the nation. Jagdeo responded to these attacks with smiles. He told the vendors that since they were granted an alternative place to vend, he was happy.
He was then challenged by an individual who said that since he (Jagdeo) was concerned about their wellbeing, he should provide an explanation as to why he did not oppose City Hall’s decision to have them relocated.
While many were seen having “photo ops” with Jagdeo, he dodged several derogatory remarks being flung towards him and his team.
Another vendor told the former President that while the circumstances they face are harsh, they would rather have it that way than to be under his administration – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), once again.
A Press Conference was held immediately after the walkabout even as vendors stood outside Freedom House hurling ridicule at Jagdeo.
Jagdeo said that the walkabout was an interesting one and that the responses from “disruptors” were expected.
“The regime is getting desperate. It’s always desperate when government has to resort to its activists and thugs to prevent people from getting their message over”.
He stated that before the walkabout commenced, he had informed his colleagues to expect some “controversies” in the market area.
He continued that some vendors came to him and had spoken about “intimidation by thugs and activists of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)”.
Jagdeo accused his critics of operating under “political direction to disrupt the opportunity” to those who are faced with hardships to raise their concerns with him.
“This attempt to disrupt and bully people will not deter us,” he said.
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