Charrandass Persaud to be named High Commissioner to India
Charrandass Persaud, an attorney-at-law, who sent shockwaves throughout the country on December 21, 2018, when he voted emphatically in favour of the No-Confidence motion and toppled the APNU+AFC government he was part of, is to be named as the new High Commissioner to India, well-placed sources have confirmed to the News Room.
His vote effectively handed the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) the one vote they needed to win the No-Confidence motion at the time. The PPP had 32 members and the government side, with Mr Persaud, had 33.
The vote dictated elections in three months, but though various legal maneuverers, the elections were not held until 15 months after, and then when the PPP won, the David Granger government held on to yet another five months through legal and other machinations.
Mr Persaud represented Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) in the National Assembly and was a member of the Alliance For Change (AFC) which joined with the coalition of five parties in APNU to contest and win the May 2015 general and regional elections.
He became a Parliamentarian in May 2015 when the government was sworn in.
“This is the only time in three and half years as a Parliamentarian that I voted according to my conscience,” he said after the No-Confidence vote.
“All the other votes I took was according to party lines because I am an AFC man and a party man, I voted in favour of anything the Government wanted much to my dislike on some occasions.”
“…I have a conscience, it is now clear.”