APNU comes out in support of Sharma, rejects comments by Manickchand

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APNU Member, Jaipaul Sharma.
APNU Member, Jaipaul Sharma.

[www.inewsguyana.com]A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the statement of Minister of Education Priya Manickchand to APNU Member of Parliament Jaipaul Sharma.

Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman had asked the Minister to apologize after she heckled “ask the APNU member Sharma” while MP Volda Lawrence was addressing the issue of rape in the society during her buget presentation on April 3.

Manickchand refused to apologise and has since been barred by the Speaker from partaking in the budget debates.

“APNU feels that the Speaker’s Ruling was justified, that Ms. Manickchand would not be recognized during the 2014 Budget debates unless she apologized to Mr. Sharma. Ms. Manickchand issued a statement the following day but APNU is far from satisfied with its content,” APNU noted in a press statement issue on Thursday, April 3.

Education Minister, Priya Manickchand.
Education Minister, Priya Manickchand.

It noted, “Mr. Jaipaul Sharma is a vital member of the APNU team. The Partnership stands solidly in support of him.”

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