Chaudhry, Datt in war of words

FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry and Former Fiji Labour Party (FLP) politician Krishna Datt. Picture: SUPPLIED

FORMER Fiji Labour Party (FLP) politician Krishna Datt says the FLP “got rid” of him because of the genuine issues he tried to address.

In addressing supporters of the National Federation Party at Naleba, Macuata on Monday night, Mr Datt said FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry ganged up with others and got rid of five loyal members including himself.

“We had some differences with the leader of the Labour Party and he ganged up with a few people and got rid of a few of us which includes myself, Vijay Singh, Atu Bain, Poseci Bune and Felix Anthony,” he said.

“That is why I have never returned to FLP and decided to join NFP because I like their policies and the future for Fiji is with the party leader, Biman Prasad.”

However, in response, Mr Chaudhry said Mr Datt was well aware of the reasons for his expulsion from the party.

“He, along with those he has named were expelled from the party following proceedings against them for bringing disrepute to the party,” he said. “Complaints against them had been filed by members and branches from Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Sigatoka and Nasinu.

“As Labour Minister in Mr Qarase’s multiparty Cabinet, he had later acted in defiance of a party directive by voting in support of the government’s decision to increase VAT from 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent in the 2007 budget.”

Mr Chaudhry said Mr Datt was given a chance to respond to the charges but chose not to appear before the disciplinary committee to answer to the charges laid against him.

“Nor did he appeal the decision of the FLP national council to expel him.”

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