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Sangam Apolitical Says Naicker

Sangam Apolitical Says Naicker
From left: Attar Singh, Bala Dass and Neelesh Gounder at the 91st Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam Convention at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on March 30, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
March 31
11:30 2018

The Then India Sanmarga Ikya (T.I.S.I) Sangam has made it clear that it will not support any political party that tries to lure the organisation into its agen­da.

Sangam national president Sadasivan Nai­cker was asked about the organisation’s po­litical stand yesterday after representatives from two political parties were spotted at the 91st T.I.S.I Sangam Convention at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

They included National Federation Par­ty whip Prem Singh, vice president Seni Nabou, provisional candidates Lenora Qereqeretabua and Riddhi Damodar.

 

NFP's Riddhi Damodar and Lenora Qereqeretabua at the 91 st TISI Sangam Convention at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

NFP’s Riddhi Damodar and Lenora Qereqeretabua at the 91 st TISI Sangam Convention at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

They were accompanied by officials from the party’s youth wing.

Also present at the event was Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhary and long­time unionist, Attar Singh.

FLP party leader Mahendera Pal Chaudhry at the 91 st TISI Sangam Convention opening at the Lawaqa park in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

FLP party leader Mahendera Pal Chaudhry at the 91 st TISI Sangam Convention opening at the Lawaqa park in Nadroga yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

“Let me make this clear that T.I.S.I stands neutral and we don’t support any political party. We will only support the Government of the day, this is for whoever comes into power,” Mr Naicker said.

He said this non involvement with any po­litical party would allow the group to operate without partisanship and to remain united on working towards its goals as an organisa­tion.

While it encourages and welcomes support, Mr Naicker reiterated that it’s important to understand that T.I.S.I has no bias towards any political group, but would simply work with anyone who supported its cause and shared its values. Mr Naicker said T.I.S.I Sangam national executive members have been directed not to contest this year’s gen­eral election and should resign if they wish to do so.

“Over the past years a few national execu­tives of T.I.S.I Sangam contested the general elections under certain political parties, but this year we aren’t allowing that to happen,” Mr Naicker added.

He said some of the political figures present at the event came on their own will.

“We invited Mr Chaudhry because he was our former prime minister and also did the same for Minister for Infrastructure Parveen Bala. Our organisation believes in unity and we welcome anyone who wants be part of this convention,” Mr Naicker added.

However, he said, district officials and mem­bers of the T.I.S.I had been given the leeway to contest this year’s general election or sup­port any political party of their choice.

“For our district officials and members we give them the freedom to support any politi­cal party, bearing in mind that most South Indians usually stand for general elections. We are very open-minded people,” Mr Nai­cker said.

“We want to thank everyone who attended the opening of our convention and it was in­deed a very good turnout.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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