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NFP Clear, Firm On Issues, Says Leader

National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says the issues that the NFP stand for are clear. He was commenting on Government’s criticisms about NFP’s position on various issues. Prime Minister
02 Aug 2015 12:06
NFP Clear, Firm On Issues, Says Leader

National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says the issues that the NFP stand for are clear.

He was commenting on Government’s criticisms about NFP’s position on various issues.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has regularly told how the policies of the NFP’s Opposition senior partner SODELPA contradict what the NFP is said to stand for.

Mr Prasad’s emotional attacks on the FijiFirst Government repeated previous rhetoric from the NFP.

“Let me tell the Prime Minister, I have told him many times before and this is the scare tactics that he and his party used before the election,” Mr Prasad said.

“Throughout the election they lied about NFP’s collusion with SODELPA, they lied about what NFP is going to do after the election and they continue to lie today about NFP’s position in parliament.

“Let me tell the Prime Minister if the late S M Koya and A D Patel were around they would tell the people of this country, never support a coup, never benefit from a coup, never support oppression, suppression of people’s freedom to speak, never support draconian decree for the media, never suppress trade union movements through political parties  decree.”

 

NFP in Parliament

Mr Prasad said so far they had done well in terms of articulating the voice and the position of the Opposition.

“We have taken different positions when it comes to taking different positions,” he said.

“SODELPA party boycotted the Modi address to the parliament but we did not, we took a different position yet the Prime Minister and his government which has not stopped campaigning and which has not stopped fear mongering amongst the people said that NFP supports extremist policies.”

 

Other issues

Other issues that were raised included concerns about the sugar industry, local government elections, unemployment and education, media decree and constitution.

Delegates called for cane growers’ elections. Mr Prasad said they raised this in Parliament, however, they did not receive a good answer.

He said they had even suggested to have a special committee on sugar industry where issues of farmers, cane growers and mill issues should be dealt with.

“The deduction of levy is illegal because an annual budget has to be approved by the sugar cane grower’s council, endorsed by its board of directors and certified by Sugar Industry tribunal and this has not happened in last six years,” he said.

Bimal Prasad of Navua questioned the pending declaration of Navua as a town.

“There has not been much done in declaring Navua a town, there is absence of infrastructure development and we question what the local government minister is doing.”

The delegates called for local government elections.

He questioned why there was a delay in restarting them.

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