Harilal Manilal Patel
|Member of House of Representatives (Fiji) |
Suva City Indian Communal Constituency
|Preceded by||Irene Jai Narayan|
|Succeeded by||Constitution abrogated|
|Suva City Central Indian Constituency|
|Succeeded by||New Constitution|
|Political party||National Federation Party|
He was born in Suva, Fiji and after completing his law degree from the University of Auckland in 1968, started working with K. C. Ramrakha and set up his own law firm in 1977. He has served as President of the Suva branch of the National Federation Party (NFP) was a member of the Suva City Council. He was a founding member of NFP Youth and unsuccessfully contested the 1977 general election as NFP-Flower Faction candidate.
For the 1987 general election, the NFP–Labour Coalition chose him as a candidate for the South City Communal Constituency which he won easily, but was a member of Parliament for a month when the military coup of 1987 put a temporary halt to his political career. In the 1994 elections, he stood as an NFP candidate for the Suva City Central Indian Constituency and won easily.