The Prime Minister had made prior arrangements that could not be cancelled and therefore could not attend the closing night of the Divali Nagar, last Saturday.
It also coincided with Dr Keith Rowley’s celebration of his 70th birthday last week Thursday.
Pundit Satyanand Maharaj criticised the Prime Minister for spending the time in Tobago instead of being in Trinidad for what is considered one of the holiest time for the Hindu community.
Maharaj stated that the PM had “shown open contempt for Hindus and a lack of respect for the nation’s diversity. Rowley again blanked the closing night of Divali, where he would have been the honoured guest, and, instead, hightailed it to Tobago, where he is celebrating his birthday in grand style.”