Source: Hinduism Today, Anil Mahabir,
PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD, December 11, 2000: The United National Congress (UNC) secured another term in office when it won the general election. The UNC with its Hindu leader Basdeo Panday got 19 seats as opposed to 16 which was won by the Christian party, the Peoples' National Movement (PNM). The thrust of the UNC campaign was equality of all before the law in a cosmopolitan society. The UNC leader, in his victory speech, has vowed to continue to take the country along the road of "respect for all, animosity towards none," and has even, in an unprecedented move, called upon his opponents to join his government, in a "goverment of national unity." Government Minister Sadiq Baksh, a Muslim, who held a Ganesh Puja when the new airport was opened, said last night that he intended to have another Ganesh Puja to mark his victory. Baksh won a seat that was never lost by the PNM since the country gained independence from British Colonial rule in 1962. Speaking to Hinduism Today correspondent Anil Mahabir yesterday, Baksh admitted that, on a daily basis, he is becoming more and more partial towards Lord Ganesh, and even attributed his victory, in large measure, to the Mahaganapati.