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Lal joins Labour

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, February 08, 2014

THE National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal will contest the general elections for the Fiji Labour Party.

Mr Lal, who was in Parliament after the 2001 and 2006 general elections, said he was doing his groundwork.

On whether his position in the union will affect his quest for a seat in Parliament, he said, "we will cross that bridge when we come to it".

The farmer of Vunika in Labasa became the NFU's Labasa branch secretary in 1997 and he worked behind the scene for the FLP in the 1999 general elections.

In 2001, he was offered a party ticket to contest the elections and he won. He contested the 2006 elections outside his area and won with a favourable margin.

When contacted yesterday, Mr Lal said, "yes, I will contest the elections on an FLP ticket and I have been doing my groundwork for some time".

"The party has been there and handling and dealing with issues on the ground. The support for FLP is intact on Vanua Levu.

"By the way things are looking, the FLP is on the right track and we have very good support from people.

"We have never boasted about doing this and that-like some people but instead, we have provided services to the grassroots people."

Mr Lal said there was overwhelming support for the FLP and people know who to vote for come the polling day.

"We are not holding any pocket meetings but just moving around and talking to people and getting their views. People are eager for the elections."

He is the first person to confirm that he will contest the general elections under the FLP banner.