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.