The Fiji Labour Party is trying to dismiss our story about leader Mahendra Chaudhry and Felix Anthony of the Fiji Trades Union Congress looking to drum up support for a protest march next month.
On its website, in an item posted yesterday afternoon, the party's assistant secretary general, Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi, accuses Coupfourpointfive of 'mischievious lies.'
Vayehnoi says "It is pure fabrication" and suggested we had been put up to it. Quote: "I want to ask Coup 4.5 and their collaborators who are the political detractors of the Fiji Labour Party (whose identities we are clearly aware of) and when they are going to desist from malicious propaganda against the FLP leadership?"
He goes on to criticise us for referring to Chaudhry's controversial visit to Rakiraki farmers last year which led to him being accused of breaking the PER, claiming the details are sub-judice because it is before the courts. He also maintains Chaudhry has "overwhelming support at the grassroots level" and continues "to do his duty by his people."We have no problem standing by our story. Apart from our original source, we have had emails from people saying they already knew about the march, and that Chaudhry should be supported, and we were wrong to reveal them because he is the only leader with 'balls.'
Coupfourpointfive has no regrets running the story, as is our practice regarding important information we receive. Regarding Vayeshnoi's claim of 'subjudice', we say "Get over yourself.'' Chaudhry's goat curry visit to Rakiraki is public information and there is nothing to stop us from referring to it.