Fiji Labour Party mourns the death of former Ra Parliamentarian and Party stalwart Sanjeet Maharaj who passed away at his home in Ellington, Ra, in the early hours of this morning.
Mr. Maharaj,58, a cane farmer, served as President of the National Farmers Union for a number of years and was a staunch advocate of the rights and welfare of cane farmers.
Born in Ra, he received his early education at Ellington Primary and Penang Sangam schools before taking up diploma studies at the Fiji Institute of Technology. He went to New Zealand for higher studies but was forced to return home at the death of his father to manage the family cane farm.
Sanjeet Maharaj first stood for parliamentary elections on a Labour ticket in 1999 for the Ra Open seat but lost narrowly. In 2001 he won the Ra Indian Communal seat and was re-elected from the same seat in the 2006 general elections.
Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said Sanjeet Maharaj would be sorely missed by the Party. “He was a dedicated Party activist and a very strong grassroots man.
“One of Sanjeet’s greatest assets was his ready smile. He was an extremely popular figure in Ra and seen at all community and social functions,” said Mr Chaudhry.
Mr Maharaj was President of the Ra Soccer Association and President of the Board of Trustees of the Ellington Primary School. As a Hindu priest, he was closely associated with religious activities.
FLP conveys its deepest condolences to Mrs Maharaj and family.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.