Chaudhry’s hypocrisy

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Aben­dra Ram Ta­hal, Cal­i­for­nia, USA.

The Fiji Labour Party leader, Ma­hen­dra Chaudhry’s crit­i­cism of Speaker of the House, Dr Jiko Lu­veni’s im­par­tial­ity dur­ing his sub­mis­sions on the Par­lia­ment Pow­ers and Priv­i­leges Bill 2016 be­fore the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Jus­tice, Law and Hu­man Rights ex­poses his hypocrisy. Dr Lu­veni has been and proved to be the best Speaker, Fiji has ever seen. Her im­par­tial­ity, fair­ness, in­tegrity, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ex­pe­ri­ences etc. is some­thing ev­ery cit­i­zen should be proud of and in­spired by! Mr Chaudhry’s crit­i­cism of Dr Lu­veni doesn’t hold any wa­ter and more so like show­ing light to the sun. Sur­pris­ingly, Mr Chaudhry was a great sup­porter of Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama Govern­ment’s poli­cies when he was the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, yet it should not be a sur­prise to lot of peo­ple of his change of opin­ions to­day with his track records of chang­ing his po­si­tions for his ben­e­fits and one time sup­port­ing Si­tiveni Rabuka in one elec­tion pe­riod. Mr Chaudhry lost cred­i­bil­ity dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tion where his lead­er­ship cost the party when they were un­able to win a sin­gle seat in the par­lia­ment. There is no de­nial that Mr Chaudhry was among some great peo­ple who fought and re­vi­talise Master Awards for su­gar cane farm­ers yet he also politi­cised the big­gest farm­ers big­gest or­gan­i­sa­tion the Na­tional Farm­ers Union and ben­e­fited greatly per­son­ally from it. When farm­ers were go­ing through tough times with the in­dus­try, Mr Chaudhry was draw­ing big salaries from the union. Also he was re­ward­ing high pro­file jobs like the Su­gar Cane Grow­ers Coun­cil, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer to his friends like Gr­ish Ma­haraj, who was only a teacher with­out any su­gar in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ences. Mr Chaudhry also ap­pointed his son, Ra­jen­dra Chaudhry who had no po­lit­i­cal or man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence what so ever to Sec­re­tary to the high of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter and brush­ing aside so many highly ed­u­cated and ex­pe­ri­enced Fiji Labour Party hard work­ing mem­bers.

Peo­ple have lost faith and trust in FLP just be­cause of Mr Chaudhry’s dic­ta­to­rial style of lead­er­ship. No one has held the same ti­tle in any or­gan­i­sa­tions for so long in his­tory. Mr Chaudhry has a habit of di­vid­ing and politi­cis­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tions. At one time he was draw­ing three salaries as Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of FPSA, Sec­re­tary of Na­tional Farm­ers Union and MP at the same time.

I to­tally agree with the Speaker, Dr. Lu­veni that Mr Chaudhry is try­ing his best to gain the at­ten­tion and ma­nip­u­late the poor farm­ers and grass­roots peo­ple for the next elec­tion. The only way for Fiji Labour Party’s any good fu­ture, if there is any left is for Mr Chaudhry to re­sign im­me­di­ately from the lead­er­ship and hold a the party’s Gen­eral Meet­ing to elect a new leader.

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