Bhajaniya remark irks youth group

Fiji Labour Party provisional candidate Rovil Singh. Pic- supplied

Fiji Labour Party provisional candidate and National Sanatan Youth president Rovil Singh says recent remarks by FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum questioning the ability of a bhajaniya (singer of Indo-Fijian religious songs) to contribute to meaningful discussion and debate in Parliament was “very demeaning”.

He said on behalf of all the Sanatan youths in Fiji, he denounces the discriminatory comments made by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum at a recent rally in Nasinu which alluded to bhajaniya being unfit to be in Parliament.

“Our bhajaniya, followers of Sanatan faith have constitutional and democratic right to represent us in any forum, including in Parliament,” Mr Singh said.

“Most of the bhajaniya are highly educated and have contributed a lot to this nation, whether be it assisting in development, singing bhajan for medical treatment for sickly patients and the list goes on.”

He said the National Sanatan Youth always created awareness and encouraged youths to be empowered by Hindi language, culture and moral values.

“The National Sanatan Youth has stood strong for its followers and the nation at large at all times and we condemn such irresponsible remarks.”

  • Questions sent to Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on the comments made by Mr Singh remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

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