Sandy under fire
The People's National Movement (PNM) Roxborough/Delaford has come under fire for statements made at a public meeting last Friday.
"Be strong, do not let anyone distract you, you are focused; you are on a good ship, because as I told another crew down the road there is a ship at Calcutta waiting to sail to Tobago. That ship is waiting to sail to Tobago; they are waiting to get the results of this election, if you bring the wrong results, Calcutta ship is coming down for you! You must stop that ship! We must not allow that ship to sail and if you don't want the ship to sail what you have to do? Vote the candidate Hilton!"
The response by the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) has been swift. The TOP issued a media release on Sunday, accusing the PNM of waging a "race war" under the façade of their 'In Defence of Tobago' campaign mantra. The TOP circulated an audio tape of Sandy addressing constituents at the public meeting in which he suggested that if they did not vote for the PNM, East Indians will move to Tobago and take over. The release further stated that Sandy "proudly made these pronouncements in the presence of the PNM's Political Leader Dr Keith Rowley, Chief Secretary Orville London and other members of the rank and file of the party".
TOP added: "As Sandy concluded his statements Rowley and London cheered on and applauded in full agreement, welcoming him back to his seat with a standing ovation and warm embrace.
During an interview on a local radio station on Monday, Sandy dismissed the statement as campaign rhetoric, noting that he has not been using race on the political platform.