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Chaudhry wars; Labour pains

JYOTI PRATIBHA NADI Whether suspended Suva lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry is still a member of the Fiji Labour Party- which is led by his father Mahendra Chaudhry, seems to be a
06 Aug 2014 07:51

JYOTI PRATIBHA
NADI

Whether suspended Suva lawyer Rajendra Chaudhry is still a member of the Fiji Labour Party- which is led by his father Mahendra Chaudhry, seems to be a secret that the Chaudhrys and the party do not want revealed.
Yesterday Mr Chaudhry refused to reveal whether his son, who left the country after his law practice was closed following his suspension, is still a member of the party.
“Why do you want to know? I can’t tell you,” Mr Chaudhry said after being repeatedly asked whether his son still retained membership in a party which many had thought he would lead one day. These days, however, Chaudhry Junior is busy on his Facebook page giving people reasons why they should not vote for the Fiji Labour Party.
Those who are social media-savvy and are aware of the suspended lawyer’s outbursts would note that the attacks on the party started after a former Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority board member Arvin Datt was being considered as a candidate nominee of the party.
On his Facebook page, Chaudhry Junior repeatedly attacked Mr Datt. Several unsubstantiated allegations were also made.
After this, Chaudhry Junior’s radar turned to two other candidate nominees – Rohit Kishore and Rajendra Singh.
While a number of such posts have since been removed, some questioned the Labour leader directly and said the Labour leader would need to answer to the membership post elections.
When the Labour leader was asked what he thought about his son’s Facebook posts, he said:
“The Fiji Labour Party is not concerned. We are doing fine. We are not worried.”
When asked if he was aware that his son was threatening to post nude pictures of a Labour candidate nominee, Mr Chaudhry said: “I haven’t seen any pictures that identify anyone. If you have the pictures, go ahead and publish it.”
He refused to answer whether he saw eye to eye with his son on party issues.

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