Biman criticises ban on Prof Lal, wife

Opposition whip Lynda Tabuya (left) and NFP leader Biman Prasad during the parliamnet break yesterday. Picture: RAMA

GOVERNMENT’S continued ban on renowned local academic in exile Professor Brij Lal and his wife, Padma, was labelled “ridiculous” by National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, he said it was ironic that Government was talking about unity and celebrating the contribution of the girmitiya while at the same time it continued to bar one of its own sons from entering the country.

“At the last sitting of Parliament, we were told that the instruction to ban Professor Brij Lal and his wife Padma Lal was from the Prime Minister’s Office,” he said.

During a heated exchange with government members during proceedings, the NFP leader said he would not stop speaking about the couple’s predicament.

“When a Government develops that kind of venom and hate for an individual and his wife and bans them from this country and has the audacity to talk about celebrating girmit in this country — this is ridiculous — and only because this man was critical of the military coup in Fiji.

“They (Government) talk about working together, they talk about unity, yet they have banned a son of girmitiya.”

Prof Prasad added that anyone researching the history of the girmitiya in Fiji and other colonies could not go past the work of Prof Lal.

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