United Progressive Party Leader Harold Lovell is accusing Prime Minister Gaston Browne of threatening the business community as his government loses popularity.
Over the weekend the Prime Minister said a number of car dealers had pledged their support to the opposition in protest over policies introduced by his administration in 2014.
Back then, the Gaston Browne administration removed some duties and taxes car owners had to pay to own a vehicle.
Browne said that policy has led to consternation among some car dealers who have become very bitter towards the government as a result.
But Lovell said the prime minister’s reaction is as a result of the ABLP becoming unpopular.
“I think this is just another attempt by the Prime Minister to intimidate persons,” Lovell told Observer.
“It is common knowledge that this government today is very unpopular and persons are moving away from the Antigua Labour Party and are moving towards the United Progressive Party.
“What I can say is that a UPP administration, which I will lead, will certainly have a policy which will be fair and which will ensure growth within our economy. At present there is no clear policy, there is a system of favouritism, there are some people who are able to get concessions and some who are not,” — something Lovell said a UPP administration would bring to an end.