INVESTIGATE CHAUDHRY, FIJI LABOUR PARTY BRANCH SAYS

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 30)—The Fiji Labour Party's Vuda branch wants an investigation into what it claims are false promises made by party leader Mahendra Chaudhry.

The branch voiced its anger on Chaudhry for not including its member Vijay Singh on the Senators list.

The branch meeting held in Lautoka today was attended by deputy party leader Poseci Bune, Felix Anthony, former senator Vijay Singh, Dr Atu Emberson-Bain, and other members.

Chaudhry had declined an invitation to the meeting.

Members also deliberated on the urgent matter at hand with the impasse between certain members of the party and Chaudhry.

Branch president Prem Chand told Fijilive.com that Chaudhry was dictating his way through the party which has resulted in the outburst by many members previously.

"Chaudhry is a dictator, he wants things to be done his way and no other way. He claims he did not receive an official invitation to attend the meeting, the branch had faxed the invitation letter to Chaudhry," Chand said.

"We even tried calling him before the scheduled meeting today but he did not answer his phone.

"That tells us simply that Chaudhry did not want to attend the meeting and is making false public comments that he did not receive the invitation.

"Motions were put forward in the meeting that whoever is guilty, be it the president of the Vuda branch or the party leader, that person has to be investigated," he said.

Chand added that the branch would not tolerate false promises being made to members of the branch/ party to which the branch is calling on the national council and the management board to help solve the conflict.

Chand claims numerous correspondences to Chaudhry's office have proved futile since the beginning of the year.

"We want everything investigated as to why these five members are disciplined, are they really on the wrong side or is Chaudhry trying to bulldoze his way through party issues," Chand said.

Meanwhile, the five dissenting members are yet to receive a scheduled date for the national council meeting where their case will be heard and a decision made.

July 31, 2006

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