NFP Outlines New Promises

“Right now NFP is in Parliament and we’ll be in the next election and in the next Government,” National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says   The National Federation Party
30 Mar 2017 11:00
NFP Outlines New Promises
National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad (middle) with his supporters during the Vanua Levu Delegates meeting at Kshatriya Hall in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

“Right now NFP is in Parliament and we’ll be in the next election and in the next Government,” National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad says


The National Federation Party (NFP) will not leave Parliament and will not join other parties in the next elections, says party leader Biman Prasad.

He made this statement while responding to a question by Nemaia Vakawa of Vunicuicui, Labasa, during the NFP Vanua Levu delegates meeting at Kshatriya Hall in Labasa yesterday.

Mr Vakawa asked Mr Prasad if there would be a coalition of parties.

In reply, Mr Prasad said that the NFP was in Parliament and would remain so.

He explained that a coalition could not be formed because there was no provision in the current system, contrary to the past.

“There are three NFP members in Parliament and can’t leave Parliament and join another party because if we do, we won’t have the seats,” Mr Prasad explained.

Mr Prasad added that in order to form a coalition, they would have to dissolve the party or form a separate party – and this was not possible.

“That is why NFP have been fighting alone all along, but this doesn’t mean that we are not inviting people to join us,” he said.

“If other people want to join as candidates or interested people that believes that NFP is the right party that can provide the leadership in the fight against the injustices of the Government, they are most welcome to join us.”

He labelled rumours that NFP was a party for Indo-Fijans as “rubbish which is not true”.

Labasa farmer, Johnny Vatuniwaniwani even suggested to Mr Prasad for a coalition between NFP and SOLDEPA.

He said that NFP’s party logo is a tree and SODELPA party’s logo is a bird (dove) – hence birds always look for a tree for shelter.

“We all want changes and I am suggesting if you two (parties) can work together, definitely you will win,” Mr Vatuwaniwani said.

Mr Prasad replied that they were articulating the views and grievances of the people in Parliament and to the Government.

“Our fight is against the injustice, the rising cost of living, unjustified taxes, fines, charges: our fight is against oppression which is against media control and many things,” he said.

He went on to say that the suspension of the three Opposition MPs that were suspended were “unjustified”.

“That is why we need to change things in the next election. The most important promise that this Government broke to the people of this country, is the imposition of the nine percent vat on the basic six food items,” he told the gathering.

“We organised this meeting following the opening of our office in Labasa to hear from you about your grievances, to hear how best we can help you as a party and what we can do for the next election,” Mr Prasad said.

This meeting is the first of the many series leading up to the 2018 general elections.

“Right now NFP is in Parliament and we’ll be in the next election and in the next Government,” he confidently said.

Meanwhile, NFP acting president Semi Titoko highlighted the farmers’ grievances.

“I am a farmer and a lawyer and I understand the sufferings that the people of Vanua Levu and our country are facing. We are here to help you,”  he said.

“All we need is your support.”


Some promises Mr Prasad made at the meeting:

I want to tell all the farmers in Rakiraki that when NFP will be in Government, we will re-open the Rakiraki sugar mill because it is very important for the people.

I will revive the sugar industry and implement new plans to increase the sugar price so that farmers have money in their pockets and choose to farm.

We will have at least 25 iTaukeicandidates in the next election and these candidates will be with repute. I assure you that very good people will be joining us.

We will change the TELS loan scheme because we heard some graduates are jobless, while some who found a job but getting low wages and are struggling to pay up their loan.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra



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