Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Satnarayan Maharaj says it is unfortunate that the Divali meal served by former prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the Diplomatic Centre in 2014 has become a topic on the political platform.
Maharaj, who is the chief spokesperson for one of the largest Hindu organisations, told the T&T Guardian “it is unfortunate that the expression ‘roti’ was used. People are now linking it with the Calcutta Ship statement which was made on a political platform some time ago; there is a subliminal racist expression.”
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has told the Parliament that the real cost of catering for the now controversial Divali function hosted by the former regime, is $394,000.
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The prime minister said that of that cost, the cost of roti was quarter of a million dollars.
He was responding to a question by Princes Town Member of Parliament Barry Padarath on the issue.
Below is the dialogue in Parliament today, during which Padarath was suspended from the sitting for 15 minutes.
Princes Town Member of Parliament, Barry Padarath is denying claims made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley that the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration paid $350,000 to a caterer for roti for a Divali function.