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I think Jagdeo will be Chairman of the PPP for life.
Nothing wrong if the Party wants Jagdeo to head it. Cheddi Jagan was PPP Leader from Day 1 until he died in 1997. Only one man challenged him for that position demanding "Leader or nothing." When that man didn't get what he wanted he broke away from the PPP taking along grassroots Afro supporters and caused a split of the populace along racial lines and the country is left with disunity up to now. That man was Burnham. He turned out to be PNC Leader for Life too.
Several people challenged the Jagan dictatorship that lasted half a century. Everyone of them had to leave the PPP. Ranji Chandisingh, Balram Singh Rai, and others. And if Joey Jagan wasn’t crazy, that dictatorship may have continued until this day.
Chandisingh never challenged Cheddi Jagan for General Secretary position which is what the PPP Leader was called from 1969. Before that, since 1950 the PPP had a Leader and a Chairman which were two separate positions. Jagan was the Leader while Burnham was the Chairman. In 1955 Chairman Burnham moved to topple Jagan for the Leader post but failed.
Likewise, in 1962 Jagan was still Leader and Balram Singh Rai challenged Brindley Benn for the Chairman position and failed. Rai wanted to be PPP Chairman, not Leader.
There were many internal conflicts for leadership which were never publicized. Many in the PPP were against the Jagan hardcore drift to Communism and several people including Rai and Chandisingh were more educated than him. They did not see him as a leader.