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Liliana Stays

“The outcome was a general caution given to all members of the party to be conscious of the politically volatile climate we live in and be cautious about what we say or write.”
24 Aug 2022 16:14
Liliana Stays
The People’s Alliance supporter, Mark Chand, with party leader, Sitiveni Rabuka. Mr Rabuka was hosted by Mr Chand at his Papatoetoe, New Zealand, residence on June 28, 2022. (L) – Screenshot of the Facebook comments.

Controversial The People’s Alliance provisional candidate Liliana Warid will not be removed from the party.

She and all-party provisional candidates have been cautioned about comments they make. This comes following the party’s New Zealand based financiers had revealed on Facebook that Ms Warid was going to be removed from the party.

Yesterday their leader Sitiveni Rabuka said: “The opinion piece authored by The People’s Alliance provisional candidate Liliana Pareti-Warid was discussed at a Joint Communications, Legal and Administration meeting today (yesterday).

 

“The outcome was a general caution given to all members of the party to be conscious of the politically volatile climate we live in and be cautious about what we say or write.”

While confirming that Ms Warid will continue as a 2022 provisional candidate, Mr Rabuka has also said people should not speculate.

“Liliana remains a Provisional Candidate and members of The People’s Alliance Party are asked not to speculate on what the party leadership will or will not do.”

Ms Warid chose to remain silent about decision made. Ms Warid’s phone was answered by her spouse when she was called yesterday.

 

He asked what the call was about. Once informed, he said, his wife would not be making any statements and to get comments from the party.

The uproar Some New Zealand-based party financiers had pushed hard for Ms Warid’s removal. One had gone ahead to speculate that she would be shown the door.

In an open thread on Facebook, three of The People’s Alliance members and supporters – Mark Chand, Niraj Mudaliar and Shailendra Raju were noted discussing Ms Warid’s fate.

The trio are the same three who lodged a complaint against Fiji Labour party and its leader Mahendra Chaudhry over poor receipting of donated funds.

 

The Conversation:

Niraj Mudaliar: Shailendra Gopal Raju Mark Chand she should be kicked out of the PAP as concerns raised here are valid and on point.

Shailendra Gopal Raju: Niraj Mudaliar Party will decide

Mark Chand: Niraj Mudaliar she is going out.this is all I can say at this stage-things will get official very soon (sic)

Mark Chand: Discussion is underway for her going out.

 

The People’s Alliance supporter, Mr Chand had hosted Mr Rabuka and his spouse for dinner and a meet and greet session, at his Papatoetoe, New Zealand residence on June 28, 2022.

He had also played a significant role in organizing the fundraiser with his good friend Mr Raju.

The initial issue Ms Warid received a lot of flak from various fronts for her opinion piece in which she labelled indo-Fijians as visitors to Fiji.

In the same opinion piece she also seemed to have advocated that scholarships be given on ethnicity.

 

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