By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has accused former Executive Member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Ralph Ramkarran of “distorting” what he said about the Party’s late founder, Dr Cheddi Jagan.
Jagdeo, at a press conference at Freedom House on Saturday, March 28 cleared the air, pointing out he “would be the last person to question the integrity” of Guyana’s former President, Dr Jagan.
Ramkarran had upbraided Jagdeo for equating his current lifestyle to that of the late president, but Jagdeo noted this is not the case and that Ramkarran “pathologically hates me; for three years he has been criticizing me and to stay relevant again, he deliberately distorted what I said.”
“Cheddi Jagan’s integrity is above board. Cheddi Jagan is a person of high moral standard,” the former President said. When asked, he emphasized that he is not backpedaling on what he said, since there “was never an issue in the first place; I never questioned his integrity.”
At a recent press conference, Jagdeo in addressing concerns about government Ministers earning super salaries and living in big houses, said that the PPP founder did not live in squalor but rather had a nice home on a prime property.
Following Ramkarran’s interpretation of Jagdeo’s remarks, Dr Jagan’s daughter, Nadira Jagan wrote a stinging letter to Jagdeo, nothing that her father never lived in a mansion and that her parents were simple people who lived among the common folks.
In response, Jagdeo said if someone had criticized his father, then he would have said much worse than the younger Jagan. He pointed out the fact that Dr Jagan appointed him as Minister when he [Jagdeo] was in his 20s and even made him an executive member of the PPP.