I never asked for favours from Chaudhry – Prasad
Publish date/time: 07/05/2014 [08:09]
The Vice President of the proposed FijiFirst Bijai Prasad has today denied claims that he wanted special favors from Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry when he was part of the FLP.
This follows Chaudhry’s comments today that Prasad was not removed but left the party after he did not get assistance relating to his land deals.
However, Prasad who is a former FLP senator and former Nadi branch President of the FLP, said Chaudhry was planning to replace him in 2007 as Fiji Labour Party’s Nadi branch President.
Prasad said he resigned from the post after exposing a number of things about Chaudhry in the branch meeting in 2007.
He remained a member of the FLP.
Bijai Prasad said a planned motion in the FLP National Council in 2007 was then moved to get him out of the meeting.
On the land deal issue, Prasad stressed that he did not ask for any special privilege from Chaudhry.
He said he has nothing to hide and he only needed clarification on why the Lands Department in 2007 was not releasing the 10 leases to him although he had a written undertaking from the Fiji Development Bank that the leasehold market value of $1,000 per lease would be paid after the release of the leases.
Prasad said he was asked to leave the FLP because he spoke against Chaudhry and some executives on the manner in which the party was being run.
He said he had also criticized other party executives for not having the guts to ask questions in meetings.
Prasad said he has done nothing wrong and was not scared of Chaudhry.
Story by: Vijay Narayan