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Prasad Vs Radrodro Case Haunts Opposition

The Biman Prasad versus Aseri Radrodro case is a monkey on the Opposition back as it prepares for the next session of Parliament starting on Monday. For senior partner, SODELPA,
28 May 2016 14:10
Prasad Vs  Radrodro  Case Haunts  Opposition
Left-NFP Opposition member Biman Prasad. Right-SODELPA Opposition member Aseri Radrodro.

The Biman Prasad versus Aseri Radrodro case is a monkey on the Opposition back as it prepares for the next session of Parliament starting on Monday.

For senior partner, SODELPA, it will boil down to a vote by its parliamentary caucus: Do they back Mr Radrodro or Mr Prasad?

It is not clear whether this issue was discussed in a caucus meeting on Thursday. But the caucus is expected to decide whether Mr Radrodro should continue as a member of the Public Accounts Committee after Mr Prasad was voted out as chairman and he resigned in protest as a member.

There are some in the party who protested the replacement of Mr Prasad by Government Whip Ashneel Sudhakar. It’s the first time a Government MP is chairing PAC. They have suggested that Mr Radrodro should be pulled out as a mark of protest. But the majority are unlikely to support it because the party has moved away from boycotts, according to well-informed party sources.

If Mr Radrodro is not withdrawn then SODELPA will have to nominate a new member to replace Mr Prasad. That would show SODELPA backing Mr Radrodro. Mr Prasad was Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa’s nominee.

What has complicated matters is the public spat between Mr Prasad and Mr Radrodro. Mr Prasad had asked Mr Radrodro whether he had complained to the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, about his performance as PAC chairman. While Mr Radrodro has declined to comment he is understood to have been upset by Mr Prasad’s accusation which was based on confidential minutes of a Standing Orders Committee meeting in November last year.

The leakage of the minutes is now subject of an inquiry by the parliamentary Privileges Committee. It’s the same committee that dealt with derogatory remarks against the Speaker by SODELPA MP Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu who was suspended for two years by Parliament.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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