Politics

Devant condemns Sat's Tobago remark, calls on others to denounce it

Former executive member of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Devant Maharaj, has condemned the position taken by Sat Maharaj and is calling on others to denounce what he calls, Sat's "hateful rhetoric".

Devant Maharaj says he cannot, with good conscience, stand back and allow Sat's statements on Tobago to go without response.

He issued the following statement Thursday morning.

Tobago Forwards condemns Sat Maharaj

The Tobago Forwards' (TF)  has joined the chorus of voices denouncing  Secretary-General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj's characterisation of Tobagonians as rapists with a lazy disposition. 

Maharaj made those statements on his television station TV Jaagriti on Tuesday. 

Tobagonian leaders, Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles and Minority Leader Watson Duke, have already decried Maharaj's remarks.

In a statement," TF's leader Christlyn Moore said: "More is expected from men who lead in the name of God."

Pundit: Time for Sat Maharaj to retire

Spiritual Head of the Satya Anand Ashram, Pundit Satyanand Maharaj, says it is time for Sat Maharaj to retire.

In a Facebook post, the well-known pundit is describing Maharaj's comments as obscene and disgusting.

The pundit says the Secretary-General described the Tobago community in the most derogatory terms and the Indian and Hindu community must be offended and condemn his statements.

Duke: Sat Maharaj no longer relevant, looking for attention

THA Minority Leader Watson Duke says Sat Maharaj must apologize or face a campaign of hate from the people of Tobago.

During a news conference Tuesday morning at the PSA headquarters, the minority leader said the Maha Sabha Secretary General is no longer relevant and is making comments to get attention.

Duke says Maharaj has sown the seeds of division and discord in the country and his attack on the people of Tobago must not be taken lightly.

He says unless Maharaj says sorry, the people of Tobago should treat him accordingly.

Chief Secretary: Sat Maharaj's statement is racist and divisive

Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly Kelvin Charles says statements by Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Satnarayn Maharaj about Tobagonians are "disingenuous and unpatriotic... and are an attempt to  deprecate the Tobagonian child".

Charles was referring to Maharaj's comments about Tobagonians on his television station TV Jaagriti, on Tuesday.

AG goes after 'Zessers' - show receipts for big long chains

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi is sending a warning to all 'Zessers' that legislation is coming to address the acquisition of gold chains, expensive cars and other wealth that can't be explained.

A 'zesser' is urban lingo for someone who has no goals but likes to get high, party, is sexually promiscuous, wears brand named clothes and expensive jewelry.

The AG was speaking during debate on the Unexplained Wealth Bill in the Senate on Monday.

He told the Senate that the second schedule of the Proceeds of Crimes Act does not currently have gang activity as an offense.

PNM Tobago distances itself from alleged paedophile

Chairman of the People's National Movement (PNM) Tobago Council Stanford Callender is distancing the party from the actions of a youth activist's accused of sexting a 15-year-old boy.

On Wednesday morning, Tobago woke to the news that the activist, who works with youths in the Tobago House of Assembly(THA) and appears on some of the party's political platforms, sent WhatsApp messages to the underage child, soliciting oral sex.

Campaign finance reform law soon - AG

The pro­posed Cam­paign Fi­nance Re­form leg­is­la­tion (CFR) will be brought to Par­lia­ment in a cou­ple weeks, At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi says.

He gave the yes­ter­day es­ti­mate in re­sponse to queries from Op­po­si­tion Sen­a­tor Ger­ald Ramdeen, who asked if the Non-Prof­it Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NPO) bill would ex­tend to po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

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