Vasant Bharath and his team reconnect have withdrawn from the United National Congress's internal elections.
Bharath who signaled his intentions early to contest the position of political leader says he cannot in good conscience participate in what he is calling an unfair and illegal election.
He was speaking at a media conference in Chaguanas this morning.
UNC chairman David Lee is calling statements made by Vasant Bharath absurd.
During an interview, Mr. Bharath said the UNC could not win a General Elections if it was called now.
The following is the full press release from the UNC chairman:
Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Vasant Bharath has described the late Dr Anthony Sabga as a man of "sterling business acumen with a heart of compassion".
Bharath issued a statement on the passing of Dr Sabga. He died at 6am Wednesday morning.
"I am so very saddened at the news of the passing of business icon Dr Anthony Sabga.
Dr Sabga came to Trinidad and Tobago as a young boy with his parents and out of adversity and challenges with the early death of his father, grew to become one of this hemisphere's most successful entrepreneurs.