|The National Federation Party today blamed its rival Fiji Labour Party for the woes of the grassroots during its annual general meeting in Nadi.
Addressing his party members, NFP President Raman Pratap Singh said FLP leader, interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has tarnished his own reputation and that of the Indian community by joining the military-led interim Government following the 2006 coup.
Singh told the 250-plus NFP supporters at the meeting that many people who supported Chaudhry labeled him as Robin Hood and some even worship him as avatar, personifying God Rama.
”But having done that many of them must be wondering if their Robin Hood is really Ravana who destroyed the golden Lanka because of his selfish motives, lust and greed,” he said.
Singh said the support for the 2006 overthrow of the Laisenia Qarase-led Government by Chaudhry was treachery.
”How can a man who has championed rule of law, democracy, human rights and the plight of the poor join a group of military officers who overthrow a democratically elected government?
”And more surprising an overthrow of a government in which his own party has participated,” he said.
Singh said Labour, under the disguise of multiracialism over the last two decades, has pursued narrow, selfish, unprincipled leadership agenda to serve the interest of one man.
FLP spokesman interim Minister for Local Government Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi said it is not worth commenting on the outburst of the NFP because the party has been rejected three times at the polls by the Indian community.
NFP and FLP have tussled for the support of Fiji’s ethnic Indian community in previous elections since independence 38 years ago.
NFP was the dominant Indian party until the last decade with Labour securing all Parliament seats reserved for ethnic Indians.