Mahendra Chaudhry, the leader of Fiji Labour Party and National Farmers Union is shedding crocodile tears over the interim regime’s decision to scrap the Sugar Cane Growers Council.
In a statement posted on the Labour Party website and also Raw Fiji News, Chaudhry, through the NFU has expressed shock at the regime’s move, saying it will marginalize farmers.
Coupfourpointfive holds Chaudhry as being largely responsible not only for the demise of the sugar industry but for causing farmers severe hardship in their hour of need.
Chaudhry must remember that when he was interim Sugar Minister in Frank Bainimarama’s regime for 18 months, he ignored the problems faced by farmers. The cane and sugar production started declining drastically under his stewardship of the industry.
In April last year, based on Chaudhry’s recommendation, the Growers Council elections were deferred until 2010.
He instigated the illegal removal of Jagannath Sami as Growers Council CEO and the National Farmers Union took advantage of Frank Bainimarama’s coup to illegally take control of the Council.
Since January 2007, the NFU has been controlling the SCGC and had 9 out of 11 directors on the Council Board. Failed CEO’s like Jaishree Gawander and Surendra Sharma are staunch FLP supporters with Gawander serving as a Member of Parliament after 2006 elections.
Chaudhry’s statement that he is shocked and troubled is therefore a case of him shedding crocodile tears.