By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Avid supporter of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Dr Peter Ramsaroop believes that there needs to be a “softer, gentler” approach to politics in Guyana.
During his appearance on the radio programme, ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday (January 11), the PPP supporter opined that politicians should focus on developing the country.
“I think we are too abusive to each other when it comes to difference in policies, difference in ideology…we need to get to a point where we can sit at the table, disagree, negotiate and move on, get on with the business of running our country,” Dr Ramsaroop said.
He believes that the population needs to be more involved with Guyana’s development. This view was supported by AFC Supporter, Ruel Johnson, who noted that the issues of corruption and economic inequality need to be addressed.
In response, Dr Ramsaroop pointed out that the Opposition has not been able to bring hard data to the table proving corruption. He criticized the Opposition for disapproving several projects, including the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
While he agrees that the Opposition may have genuine concerns, he believes that it should be worked out with the government first before rejecting any project.
Dr Ramsaroop expressed his displeasure with getting wet whenever it rains and he has to disembark or board a plane at CJIA. In this regard, Dr Ramsaroop also believes that Guyana is ten years behind due to the results of the 2011 general and regional elections.
“I believe Guyana is ten years behind because of the past three years. We can put blame on both ends. At the end of the day who suffers? It’s the people of our country.”
He said the APNU has not presented any alternative that can change Guyana.
“You have the ability in Parliament…if you want to show you have credibility, when the Minister of Finance comes to present his budget; where is your budget? Why not throw down 400 pages at the same time?”
However, in response, Johnson defended the Opposition and explained that all three political parties did put forward an economic plan in 2011.