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Kishore: Blame Chaudhry

September 19
10:33 2014

Cracks in the Fiji Labour Party armour could be among causes of their demise in the 2014 general election.

And a party candidate is pointing the finger at their party leader and former prime minister, Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, for their loss.

Fiji Labour Party candidate Dr Rohit Kishore.Photo: Rama

Fiji Labour Party candidate Dr Rohit Kishore.Photo: Rama

Dr Rohit Kishore claims they lost because of Mr Chaudhry.

“Many people many times said that they don’t trust Mr Chaudhry because of his conviction,” Dr Kishore told the Fiji Sun yesterday.

Mr Chaudhry was convicted before the election for breaching the Exchange Control Act and fined $1 million.

Dr Kishore said if Mr Chaudhry had stepped down from his position as FLP leader, party followers would have remained loyal instead of switching to other parties in this election.

The FLP succumbed to poor results since Wednesday when counting started – FijiFirst, SODELPA and the National Federation Party had the upper hand.

“People said he (Mr Chaudhry) must have done something seriously wrong and that was why he was convicted. People wanted Mr Chaudhry to be removed as a leader and they wanted me or any other candidate to be the leader.”

Dr Kishore said the party had its followers, but drastic change in leadership was needed.

Mr Chaudhry said he was not aware of what Dr Kishore had said.

Mr Chaudhry said he would meet Dr Kishore before making a comment.

“Because of the leader we have suffered and we have seen whenever FLP wins, there is a problem. They govern for some time and there is a problem,” Dr Kishore said.

“People want political stability and this was why the people have strongly voted for FijiFirst. People used to pick Mr Chaudhry’s leadership.”

He said if he (Dr Kishore) or someone else was the leader, they would have won four or five seats.

“We had voiced it in one of our meetings and I went on strongly on that in our campaigns. It is coming out clear that they wanted Mr Chaudhry to be removed.”

He said Mr Chaudhry had asked other candidates.

He said another problem was that the party had a lot of stooges and many of them were not parliamentary material.

“This is how Mr Chaudhry works. He keeps stooges around him and they all support him and that is how I lost.”

Dr Kishore said he did not bring this up in the media because other parties would have seen them disunited which would have not been good for the party.

“We will be calling a party meeting and ask for Mr Chaudhry’s removal because the elections results are very clear.”

He said young voters from the age 18-35 which was 40 per cent did not know who Mr Chaudhry was.

“What they know is what they read in the media about him which are his conviction. What young voters care about is political stability, education, economic growth among other things.”

He said if Mr Chaudhry did not step down as the leader then most definitely it would be the end of their party.

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