PPP looks to regain Parliamentary majority
The PPP has never made a secret of what it wants to accomplish at the next elections – regaining control of the 65 seat Parliament; but given the current gridlock in the National Assembly, it was not unexpected that the party would use the Babu John ceremony to honour its late leader to press its case.
Notably absent from the event was former President Bharrat Jagdeo, along with Jagan’s daughter Nadira-Jagan Brancier, who once castigated some PPP leaders for their lavish lifestyle. Also absent was President Donald Ramotar, who was in St Vincent for the regular inter-sessional meeting of CARICOM; his speech was read by his wife, First Lady Deolatchmee.
While, the party’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee spoke of fresh elections as the answer to the PPP’s problems in the legislature, he was careful to avoid any dates or the possibility of snap elections.
From 1992 when CHeddi Jagan led the PPP to victory at the polls, the party held the majority in the National Assembly for 19 years, until it lost control to the combined opposition in the November 2011 elections.
Meanwhile, as the PPP was paying tribute at Babu John, the Opposition Leader David Granger was also in Berbice. He held a public meeting at Port Mourant, Cheddi Jagan’s hometown, after visiting Auchlyne to lay a wrath at the gravesite of Edgar Munroe, the first Guyanese to be killed in the disturbances of 1964, according to APNU.