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Singh confirms party support

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, May 09, 2014

A FORMER founder of the People's Democratic Party has confirmed that he is now supporting the Social Democratic Liberal Party.

But Nirmal Singh said whether he had applied for a SODELPA ticket or whether he had been selected to contest the election or not was not for him to say.

Mr Singh said only the party's secretariat was authorised to comment on whether he had applied for a SODELPA ticket or not and whether or not he had been selected.

"Supporting SODELPA is not about making politics my career or getting elected to parliament," he said in a statement.

"It's about doing the right thing and the right thing for me to do is to walk across the racial divide we have created by our own making and suspicion.

"For me, getting elected to parliament is not about making a political career. It's like wearing a uniform and taking oath to defend, serve Fiji and its national interest with no consideration to self-interest."

Mr Singh said after resigning from the PDP, he had several weeks to talk to all political parties and their leaders, saying he respected their views on the future of Fiji.

"It has been very encouraging to learn that predominantly, Indo-Fijian parties are genuinely concerned about the aspirations and identity of our indigenous people.

"Likewise, it is extremely comforting to learn first-hand the genuine desire by SODELPA to embrace other races in Fiji and to live in harmony with each other.

"I was completely overwhelmed with emotion when I was invited to SODELPA office a few weeks ago to share a few bowls of yaqona. I was the only Fijian of Indian descent there and not even for a moment I felt like an outsider."

Mr Singh said it was incumbent on older parties to take a step towards each other without condition and place their trust in each other. He said a step towards each other would be a giant leap towards better race relations in the country.

"I am convinced that our future lies with each other, our destiny is inter-twined and we must address the issues of concern to each other with understanding and respect."

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