Opposition Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, Dr Roodal Moonilal says Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is yet to file a defamation lawsuit against him.
He says the statement made at the PNM's National Convention on Sunday, that the lawsuit will be heard in the court this week, is false.
The following is a statement issued by Dr Moonilal Monday morning.
"I call upon Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to retract his false, mischievous and misleading statement that his defamation lawsuit against me will be heard in court this week.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley justified cutbacks in funding for Divali Nagar celebrations at the event's closing ceremony in Chaguanas last night.
However, the PM pointed out that the Divali Nagar is a beacon of hope and a beacon of the expression of the best in T&T.
In delivering the feature address, Rowley said cuts were made in all areas of national spending, including operations at the Ministry of National Security.
"Divali encourages purity, not just in the cleaning of our homes, but in the purification of our hearts and our minds," according to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
In a message to Hindus who will celebrate the Festival of Lights tomorrow, the Prime Minister, in a statement said: "Such purity extends to the way in which we interact with our natural and physical environment, the strategies we employ to conserve our most vital resources and the life changes we embrace towards achieving personal goals."
Hours after receiving a letter from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley's attorneys asking her to apologise and pay damages for defamatory statements made against him, United National Congress alderman Marisa Ramlogan said her focus remains on the floods and not the Prime Minister.
As Guardian Media broke the story of Ramlogan getting a 26-page pre-action protocol letter from Rowley, the alderman, in a voice note, said the impending lawsuit was not getting her attention at this time.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley wants the people of T&T to set aside their differences and unite as one.
He also called for a greater sense of oneness as he briefly addressed the audience at the Queen’s Park Savannah yesterday during the interfaith service titled Songs of Devotion, which marked the nation’s 42nd anniversary as a Republic.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will meet with Guyana's President David Granger when he travels to Guyana for a one-day visit which tomorrow.
The Office of the Prime Minister says bilateral discussions between the countries will focus on a number of issues including cooperation in the areas of agriculture, energy and security.
Dr Rowley returns on the morning of Thursday 20 September, 2018 and will proceed to chair his weekly Cabinet meeting at the Diplomatic Centre, St Anns.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley last night told supporters they could hold their heads high despite losing the Barataria seat to the Opposition United National Congress.
In his concession speech at the party Barataria office, Rowley said, “From all reports, we have lost this seat very narrowly. However, our efforts have been very worthy of this party and tonight I want to congratulate Ms Small and the campaign team.”
He said the result for them was still very encouraging because the defeat was narrow.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Thursday attended the opening ceremony of the new parliament building in Grenada, as a specially-invited guest of Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell.
Also in attendance as Prime Minister Mitchell's guests were Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves and Prime Minister of St Lucia the Honourable Allen Chastanet along with members of both houses of the Parliament of Grenada and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell, to attend the opening of the new Parliament building in Grenada.
Dr Rowley will leave for Grenada this afternoon and return on Thursday 21st June.
Minister of Finance the Honourable Colm Imbert will act as prime minister during Dr Rowley's absence.