Ku­mar Joins the PM’s Crit­i­cism Of Boycott Of Par­lia­ment Open­ing

Fiji Sun - - Parliament News - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA Edited by Maraia Vula arieta.vakasukawaqa@fi­jisun.com.fj

It was a gut­ter level tac­tic, says Parveen Ku­mar. This is how the Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing, En­vi­ron­ment, In­fras­truc­ture and Trans­port de­scribed the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party’s boycott of the open­ing of 2016-2017 Par­lia­ment Ses­sion by Pres­i­dent Ma­jor Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote. Mr Ku­mar ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment while de­liv­er­ing his speech in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party leader and Op­po­si­tion MP Bi­man Prasad said out­side Par­lia­ment that Mr Ku­mar’s at­tack on the party re­flected guilt. Mr Prasad claimed Mr Ku­mar had re­ceived his po­lit­i­cal priv­i­lege whilst in their party and it was iron­i­cal for him to at­tack the party. “I don’t know what hap­pened when he joined Fi­jiFirst, he is ob­vi­ously feel­ing the heat from the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion Party,” he said. Mr Ku­mar said it was laugh­able that the party’s leader, Bi­man Prasad ac­cused the Prime Min­is­ter, Voreqe Bain­i­marama for wast­ing Par­lia­men­tary time by speak­ing out against their boycott. Mr Ku­mar said the NFP had made a joke of them­selves and their con­tin­ued boycott of Par­lia­ment. “Madam Speaker, may I re­mind them that this is where the ac­tion is and not in the pocket meet­ings. “As the Honourable Prime Min­is­ter pointed out their be­hav­iour was un­wor­thy of party with a her­itage of lead­ers who were first states­men first, politi­cians later,” he said. Mr Ku­mar said it was un­for­tu­nate the ac­tions of the party and its lead­er­ship showed its sad demise from its once great lead­er­ship and mem­ber­ship. Op­po­si­tion MP and for­mer SODELPA leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached yes­ter­day.

Mr Ku­mar said both par­ties would go over their same drill once they turned up in Par­lia­ment. “They are a party of preach­ers not politi­cians, and not good at ei­ther may I add,” Mr Ku­mar said. He said peo­ple had showed their re­jec­tion for both the par­ties dur­ing the 2014 Gen­eral Elec­tion where they had voted them out.

“They just can’t take the Fi­jiFirst list of achieve­ments and its im­mense pop­u­lar­ity,” Mr Ku­mar said.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Op­po­si­tion MP Niko Nawaikula (left), with Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing and En­vi­ron­ment, In­fras­truc­ture and Trans­port Parveen Ku­mar out­side Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

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