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Why NFP’s Datt Kicked out of Labour: Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has revealed why National Federation Party’s Krishna Datt was expelled from FLP. He said Mr Datt was kicked out on November 29, 2006 for
21 Oct 2018 14:03
Why NFP’s Datt Kicked out of Labour: Chaudhry
Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry has revealed why National Federation Party’s Krishna Datt was expelled from FLP.

He said Mr Datt was kicked out on November 29, 2006 for acting against the interests of the party and making public statements which brought disrepute to the party.

Mr Chaudhry was responding to Mr Datt’s claim that he left FLP for the NFP because of differences with Mr Chaudhry.

Mr Chaudhry said: “Why is Mr Datt not telling the people that….as Labour Minister in Prime Minister Qarase’s multi-party Cabinet, he had supported the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua move to raise Value Added Tax from 12.5 to 15 per cent.

“In supporting the VAT, Datt had defied the Fiji Labour Party directive not to support the increase as it would be an imposition on the poor.”

Speaking at the NFP rally in Labasa, Mr Datt said the party got rid of him because of genuine issues he tried to address.

He claimed Mr Chaudhry teamed up with other party members and got rid of five loyal members including himself.

“I do not want to start a fight with Mr Chaudhry, we are two parties who are trying to win more votes than the Fijian Government,” he said.

“However, then we had some differences with the party leader. He ganged up with a few people and got rid of a few of us which include myself, Vijay Singh, Atu Bain, Poseci Bune and Felix Anthony.”

“This is the reason why I never returned to the Fiji Labour Party and decided to join the NFP because I like its policies,” he said.

Mr Chaudhry said Mr Datt was charged under the rules of FLP and given the opportunity to state his case before the party’s Disciplinary Committee.

Mr Datt did not appear before the committee which met and, after due deliberation, submitted its report to the National Council of the party,”

Mr Chaudhry said Mr Datt should stop misinforming and misleading the people about why he was ‘kicked out’ of Labour.

“The council (comprising delegates from all districts), after due deliberation, decided to expel him. He was advised of his right to appeal the decision to the Delegates Conference of the Party, if he so wished. He did not,” he said.

Mr Datt told a Labasa NFP meeting that “The party will stick on a campaign that deals with issues, because there are a lot of issues affecting Fijians today.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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