New Democratic Party (NDP) took its case to New York Sunday night to form the next government in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, urging nationals to join hands in making the country a better place for all.

In a well-attended town hall meeting at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, four leading NDP members and candidates for the next general elections — Opposition Leader and NDP President Dr. Goodwin Friday, Vice President, St. Clair “Major” Leacock, and Senator Kay Bacchus-Baptiste and Israel Bruce — appealed to their compatriots to join in their bid to replace the government of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves.

They charged in speeches — punctuated with performances by Vincentian calypsonians, such as Bob MC, Patches Knight, I-Mad, Fabulous T and De Man Age — that the country has gone astray under Gonsalves-led incumbent Unity Labor Party (ULP), accusing it of widespread corruption, lack of economic ideas and unable to address the spiraling crime wave, among other things. “We are joining hands together for our country, in common cause against crime, poverty and economic hardship, political division and social strife in our homeland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Friday in his address, speaking on the theme “One Nation, One People, One SVG (St. Vincent and the Grenadines).”

Mr. Friday also urged listening Vincentians to be, “ready to listen and share ideas in a genuine effort to learn from one another, so that we can work effectively together to build a better SVG.”