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PM Slams Chand, NFP Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and National Federation Party MP Parmod Chand.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has hit out at controversial comments attributed to Na­tional Federation Party MP Parmod Chand.

He also criticised the NFP for moving away from the vi­sion of the pioneer leaders of the party.

The vision included equality and unity not the politics of division. He was responding to comments people alleged Mr Chand made at a political meeting in Labasa.

The alleged comments in­cluded anti-Muslim and anti- South Indian sentiments. Because of the seriousness of the allegations, Mr Baini­marama said he had called on Police Commissioner Briga­dier-General Sitiveni Qiliho to investigate Mr Chand.

Brigadier-General Qiliho confirmed yesterday that Po­lice had started their investi­gations.

Mr Bainimarama said he told the Police Commissioner to visit the families in Labasa for fear that they may be threatened.

“I applaud their bravery and courage to come forward with those reports,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“NFP is going about saying what they have not been saying, but the three who have spoken out proves otherwise.

“The party members are saying something else in parliament and something else out of parliament and I think the Police Commis­sioner should start an investiga­tion about the report that came out in today’s Fiji Sun.”

Mr Bainimarama said for an Indo-Fijian-based party, he was surprised about the alleged com­ments.

“That means they are not sup­posed to be trusted, there is quite a significant difference between this NFP and the previous NFP.

“The previous party heads of NFP wanted everything that we have been talking about here, everything to be equal.

“This party is just carrying the name but not the values, it shows by the way they are going around using racist comments and sepa­rating the Indo-Fijians.”

Among the issues they claimed Mr Chand told the people in­clude:

  • Fiji has taken a lot of money from Iran and Iraq and that Fiji will be taken over by those coun­tries and Fiji will become a Mus­lim state.
  • FijiFirst Government is a “Musalman” (Muslim) and “mandraji” (South Indian) party.
  • Mr Bainimarama had the keys to the Republic of Fiji Mili­tary Forces armoury in 2000 and people should question where George Speight got the guns from, implying Mr Bainimarama backed the George Speight coup of 2000.
  • If FijiFirst is voted in again, there will be another coup and this time the target will be Hin­dus who voted for Mr Bainima­rama.

When Parmod Chand was ap­proached for comments, he re­fused to comment stating that, “I will not speak to the Fiji Sun.”

NFP leader Biman Prasad de­clined to comment last night.

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