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Confident candidate

Avinesh Gopal
Thursday, July 03, 2014

HE was never interested in politics but always believed in serving the government of the day over the years.

But after some prompting by friends Deo Narayan became convinced and applied to be a candidate on a Fiji Labour Party ticket.

It took him three months to discuss the issue with his family and other people before deciding to applying to contest the September general election under the FLP banner.

A police officer for 35 years, Mr Narayan, 58, is from Vunisamaloa in Ba and has a thriving business in Suva after resigning from the Fiji Police Force a few years ago.

"I was never interested in politics and until now I was serving the government of the day but three months ago, some of my friends suggested that I enter politics," he said.

"They were FLP supporters and after listening to them and considering other things, I handed my application personally to the FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry.

"Personally, I believe the party leader is helping the struggling people and with his experience, he can lead the people.

"He knows the ins and outs of the government machinery too."

Mr Narayan said he was called by the FLP office and told to attend the party's meeting in Suva on June 21.

"I wasn't told that I was selected and I was surprised when my name was announced by the party as a candidate."

Like others, he has held pocket meetings around the country so that potential voters are aware of his candidature.

The former policeman is optimistic about his chances of becoming a member of the new 51-member parliament.

"Support is quite good for the party and I will be banking on the votes of my relatives, friends and other people I know to win a seat in parliament," said Mr Narayan.


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