Fiji Time: 5:46 PM on Wednesday 27 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

NFP rules out race-based campaigns

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, August 16, 2014

THE National Federation Party has ruled out any race-based campaign in the lead-up to next month's general election.

Party leader Professor Biman Prasad made the comment in response to claims by the FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz- Sayed Khaiyum on a television talkback show that NFP candidate Bala Dass had conducted an anti-Muslim campaign last week.

Last Tuesday during the show in question hosted by Veena Bhatnagar, FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claimed Mr Dass conducted a racial campaign against the Muslim community.

"As a guest on the show I insisted the NFP has always conducted a clean and issues based campaign for these elections and that both Mrs Bhatnagar and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum must provide evidence to prove that Mr Dass had conducted this campaign," Mr Prasad said.

"On the program itself, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Bala Dass remarked Fiji was run by Muslims.

"He said the comment was made at the Mariamman temple in Savusavu, Nadi last week.

"The Savusavu meeting was held at the Shiva temple and not Mariamman temple as claimed by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

"One of those present at the party's meeting in Savusavu was Faizal Koya.

"I have spoken to both Mr Dass and Mr Koya and both have challenged Mrs Bhatnagar and Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to provide proof to back their accusation."

He said in the absence of such proof, he supported Mr Dass's decision to take legal action against Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, Mrs Bhatnagar and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation because they regarded the allegation as defamatory.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64280.6238
JPY 51.642848.6428
GBP 0.36980.3618
EUR 0.44320.4312
NZD 0.69720.6642
AUD 0.65220.6272
USD 0.48920.4722

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Probe as student jumps off building
  2. 7s team settles well in Chile
  3. Tuisova sets rugby target
  4. Sugar Bills
  5. Mission Rio 2016
  6. Tears of joy for Daveuwa
  7. Harvest contract plea
  8. Impartiality plea for cane industry
  9. Bolalevu: Hydro station work ongoing
  10. Mine sites inspection

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  6. 7s special Thursday (21 Jul)
  7. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  8. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  9. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)