JUST months from the general election, a founding member and spokesman of the People's Democratic Party has resigned from the party.
In a statement, Nirmal Singh said he informed the party's interim president, Adi Sivia Qoro, yesterday morning of his decision.
The new party, which was formed out of the trade union movement and registered early last year, has been in the limelight in recent weeks for the wrong reasons.
Mr Singh said his decision to quit was based on a fundamental disagreement on several issues.
"There have been several conflicting statements released from the party in recent times and this does not augur well for the reputation, wellbeing and unity within the party," he said.
"We have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons and this is affecting PDP's profile and credibility among our people. I am dispensable, the party is indispensable.
"I must admit that the policies of the party expressed so far in the media were mostly articulated by me and this has not gone down well with some founding members and this was done in the absence of the party having any firmed up policies.
"I take responsibility for uttering those policies and will live up to my promise to the people to deliver on those policies once I decide my political future.
"I strongly believe that we have to serve the people of Fiji and not one segment of the society, no matter who was instrumental in forming the party. We must represent the interest of all the people of our country."
Mr Singh said for the sake of unity and consistency in the party, it was important for him to step aside with immediate effect.
He intends to remain politically active and continue to serve the country as a grassroots citizen, saying he was brought up in poverty and struggle and knows what it's like.
The former employee of the US Embassy said democracy, human rights, freedom and rule of law were strongly engrained in him.
"I also strongly believe in the rights and aspirations of our indigenous people and will work towards reforming and strengthening their institutions.
"I will continue to speak up on issues important for our country and strive towards the goal of encouraging a new generation of leaders to take the political leadership of this country."