Former President Donald Ramotar today released a letter written to him by the Head of BK Inc Brian Tiwari on March 23rd last year pledging continuing support to the PPP and best wishes for the then upcoming general elections.
Ramotar’s release of the letter was a response to Tiwari’s letter in yesterday’s edition of Stabroek News saying among other things that he had stopped supporting the PPP one year prior to the 2015 general elections.
Tiwari’s letter to Stabroek News had been a reply to a news item in the Stabroek News in which Ramotar queried how Tiwari came to have access to containers of steel belonging to the fired Specialty Hospital contractor which Ramotar said that the government had wanted to levy on to recover monies advanced to the contractor, Surendra Engineering Company Limited.
In his letter, Tiwari denied that the containers held steel to value that Ramotar had stated and he then went on to lambaste the Ramotar government over its handling of the Specialty Hospital project and levelled a series of other allegations at the former President.
In his letter to Ramotar on March 23, 2015, Tiwari said “I am completely disheartened by your recent charges, made both publicly and privately, that I am a supporter of Brigadier David Granger and his opposition alliance. I am indeed further affected by your charges that I have sought to aid the opposition by sharing with them some documents in my possession.
“Mr President, nothing could be further from the truth. Please note Sir I have always been a long standing supporter of the PPP from long before 1992 I have used my resources to provide transportation and other logistical support for the PPP and its campaigns in the interior locations particularly in regions 1,7 and 9…”
In another section of the letter, Tiwari says: “We must be careful at this time, Mr. President, to ensure that mischievous elements do not cause unnecessary divisions. As you have said yourself, this is an extremely important election where the PPP is seeking to restore its lost majority, no one should be allowed to distract us.
“I will continue to serve in any way I can in the circumstances before us. Please accept my best wishes to you and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic in these elections”.
Tiwari copied his letter to former President Bharrat Jagdeo; then Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon; then Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee and then Minister of Tourism, Irfaan Ali.