Referring to the Liberal MPs who joined PSD-ALDE before the no-confidence motion, National Liberal Party (PNL) President Ludovic Orban called them “traitors,” “profiteers” and “crumb-gobblers.” During a press conference on Sunday, Orban also said that when PNL’s lists of candidates for the parliamentary elections were formed he was a regular party member and had no say in the process.
When asked, during a press conference in Galati, for his comment on the fact that PNL MPs joined PSD or ALDE, Ludovic Orban said that when the lists for the parliamentary elections were formed he was a regular party member since he had resigned from all offices, being criminally probed at the time but subsequently acquitted.
“At the time PNL’s lists were formed I was a regular party member because when the criminal probe started against me I resigned from all leadership offices of the party, of Parliament, I withdrew my candidacy for the Bucharest City Hall and, likewise, I did not run for a seat in the Romanian Parliament, something that is not known, many believe I am a parliamentarian. I did not run because I was acquitted only subsequently. I waited for the court ruling. Basically, I did not contribute to the forming of these lists,” the PNL leader said.
He added that he trusts PNL’s MPs but if one of the party’s MPs joins the ruling power he could only consider him “a profiteer or a crumb-gobbler.” “Until proven otherwise, I trust PNL’s parliamentarians. On the other hand, if one of the party’s parliamentarians joins the ruling power I can only consider him a profiteer, in fact I called him a crumb-gobbler. So not even a profiteer. (…) A traitor, because he betrays the citizens who entrusted him with the vote and betrays the colleagues who trusted him,” Ludovic Orban stated. Ludovic Orban was in Galati on Sunday, where he took part in the county branch’s coordination committee meeting.