“Who is playing petty politics” (Letter to Editor, sent 19 Nov. 2014)
“Who is playing petty politics”
Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Ashwin Raj) (sent 19 Nov. 2014)
While the Bainimarama Government accuses SODELPA of playing petty politics, the reality is the opposite.
If the Indian Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) was visiting the Fijian Prime Minister (Voreqe Bainimarama), the Leader of the Opposition could be legitimately left out of the formal program.
But if the Indian Prime Minister is addressing the Fiji Parliament, he addresses the government of the day as well as the Opposition parties.
It was therefore appropriate and indeed necessary that the Prime Minister (Voreqe Bainimarama) welcome him and his speech, and the Leader of the Opposition (the Ro Temumu Kepa) give a vote of thanks, as was in the original program.
Whoever then removed the Leader of the Opposition from giving the vote of thanks, was the one playing petty politics, not the Leader of the Opposition which is now understandably boycotting the event.
It is outrageous for the Bainimarama Government to accuse the Leader of the Opposition of playing politics when it is the Bainimarama Government itself which is playing politics.
But the gullible Fiji public should by now be used to sheer propaganda from the Bainimarama Government, proclaiming night is day, or how transparent, accountable and honest the Bainimarama Government is, all rubbished by the contents of the Auditor General Reports.
Professor Wadan Narsey