The leader of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Vojislav Stanimirovic, said on Friday that no SDSS member had threatened SDSS MP Mirko Raskovic, adding that he was surprised by his contradictory statements after consultations on a prime minister-designate with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Thursday.
"I don't know why anyone from the party would threaten him. His statement was contradictory. He said earlier that he would abide by the party's position and then disregarded the SDSS Presidency's decision to support the left-wing coalition. He was really contradictory," Stanimirovic told Hina.
Raskovic told reporters in the president's office on Thursday that a number of people from his political party were pressuring him regarding his support for a prime minister-designate, which he still had not decided on, and that due to those pressures he had decided to ask President Grabar-Kitarovic to protect him politically. "Many people are pressuring me to assume responsibility against my conscience, against my party's decision, and against the will of my voters," Raskovic said then.
Stanimirovic would not prejudge the party's decision on Raskovic's conduct. "Elected members of Parliament and I will hold an urgent meeting with the Executive Committee of the SDSS branch in Sibenik-Knin County which supported Raskovic as a candidate for a member of Parliament," he said, adding that a member of the SDSS leadership and party vice-president in Sibenik-Knin County had told him that the party branch had not made any decision that Raskovic should act the way he did.
Stanimirovic said that on November 11, a session of the SDSS Presidency was held and that a decision was made to support the left-wing Croatia Is Growing coalition. The session was attended by Raskovic as well and he agreed with that decision, said Stanimirovic.
"He caught us by surprise, he should have told us at the meeting that he would not vote for the left camp, that he had to vote for the right camp because of his obligations or what have you. He could have said it, but he did not and he agreed with the Presidency's decision and then did what he did," said Stanimirovic.
Stanimirovic added that on Wednesday, the day before consultations at the president's office, a meeting of elected SDSS MPs was held and that Raskovic did not attend it. "And then he went to the president of the republic without the party knowing about it and said there that someone was exerting pressure on him," said Stanimirovic.