4 Feb 2005

Fiji Labour Party upset over investment report

4:22 pm on 4 February 2005

The Fiji Labour Party has lodged a formal complaint with police over a report which said there could be political instability if it wins next year's general election.

The report, carried by Fiji TV, said an assessment by a business consultancy company showed that a resurgent Labour Party could win the election and might implement policies hostile to the Gujarati business community.

The consultancy report also identified concerns that extremist nationalists would cause unrest if an Indo-Fijian becomes prime minister.

The general secretary of the Labour Party, Lekh Ram Vyashnoi, says the report is irresponsible and unethical, and deliberately concocted to create mischief and alienate the business community.

"Because it has come out on Fiji TV as a news item, we have now written to the commissioner of police officially, lodging a complaint to ensure that investigations are carried out into this issue because certain allegations are meant perhaps to frustrate voters in the upcoming elections."

Lekh Ram Vyashnoi