The Fiji Cane Growers Association, removed from the control of the Sugar Cane Growers Council after the December 2006 military coup has blamed Mahendra Chaudhry and the interim regime for the dissolution of the council.
In a statement FCGA general secretary Bala Dass described the outgoing council chairman Jain Kumar's comments about blaming the organisation and NFU as baseless.
He said Kumar's comments to the media in Fiji is "a shameful attempt to shift blame onto others for his own failures".
Dass said Kumar must remember that the NFU, Labour Party and Chaudhry have been in control of the Council after the coup, having usurped authority by removing former chief executive Jagannath Sami and 8 nominated councillors.
He said Chaudhry as interim sugar minister got the interim Cabinet to defer SCGC elections from 2008 to 2010.
"The bottom line is that in whole heartedly supporting an un-elected regime and occupying positions of authority in the Council after engineering the usurpation of legitimate authority following the coup of December 2006, Jain Kumar, his leader Mahendra Chaudhry, Fiji Labour Party and National Farmers Union are responsible for the demise of the Council and deterioraton of the sugar industry".
"Nothing whatsoever including uttering lies, gutter level comments and mudslinging by the likes of Jain Kumar and other cronies will change this undisputable fact", Dass said.