One day after it threatened Petrotrin with legal action, the company at the centre of the oil fraud scandal at Petrotrin is also threatening to sue the Opposition Leader.
A&V Oil and Gas Limited has issued a pre-action protocol letter through its attorney Senior Counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, demanding a full retraction of her comments and an apology.
The letter points to statements made by the Opposition Leader at a UNC meeting on Sunday 10th September 2017.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is telling the country to expect a Budget of excuses.
The Opposition Leader issued a statement following the announcement of the Budget date on Friday.
"They will say things are hard, without saying how they intend to make things better.
They will say they have no money, yet because of their incompetence and lack of a plan, they will have to admit that much of the money allocated in the last year was not used and was returned to the Ministry of Finance.
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says a statement by the Joint Trade Union Movement that the government was planning mass retrenchment is misleading.
The OPM says the Government is "very disappointed" at the action of JTUM.
JTUM issued the following statement today:
"The statement attributed to the Leader of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) that the Government had planned mass retrenchment of public sector employees at this time and that this was staved off by Labour's request for a moratorium on this action is absolutely misleading.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Prime Minister is calling on the prime minister to take action with regard to the Petrotrin fake oil controversy.
The Opposition Leader said in a statement today that the matter is serious enough to warrant the attention of the DPP, Commissioner of Police and Integrity Commission.
The following is a statement by the Opposition Leader.