2018 General Election: NFP leader says Bainimarama should be concerned with issues affecting the people

Members of the public at the National Federation Party rally last night. Picture: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

THE FijiFirst party leader, Voreqe Bainimarama, should be more concerned with issues that are currently affecting people rather than wasting his time attacking the National Federation Party.

This was the response of party leader Professor Biman Prasad during a campaign rally at Waituri, off Vuci Road in Nausori, on Wednesday night.

Also present at the event was Fiji Broadcasting Corporation chief executive officer Riyaz Sayed- Khaiyum.

His comments came after Mr Bainimarama criticised NFP during his party’s family fun day in Suva two weeks ago where he stated that a vote for Professor Prasad was a vote for SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka.

Mr Bainimarama said that NFP was a party that wanted to revive the 1997 Constitution and that people should not vote for a party that wanted to bring a racist constitution.

In response, Professor Prasad said it was ridiculous for Mr Bainimarama to say that NFP was associated with SODELPA, especially when it was evident in Parliament that at times they never agreed with some issues, like the motion to increase allowances for members of parliament.

He said Mr Bainimarama should be debating on the deteriorating health and sugar sector because nothing was being done to improve those sectors over the years.

“People are aware of the level of democracy in this country, our job as the Opposition is to scrutinise Government policies but the Prime Minister keeps attacking me, levelling me as the leader of the Indo Fijian party and that when I talk about the sugar industry I want to get Indian votes,” Professor Prasad added.

He said the manner in which Bainimarama attacked NFP clearly showed that he was confused.

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