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Call to "invade Maldives" was personal view of Swamy: India govt

Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 August 2018, MVT 11:53
MP of the upper house of the Indian Parliament 'Rajya Sabah' and member of ruling party BJP's national executive committee, Subramanian Swamy.
Fathmath Shaahunaz
26 August 2018, MVT 11:53

India on Sunday declared that the remark made by an Indian parliamentarian calling to invade Maldives, was not a reflection of the Indian government's views.

The government of India asserted its stance in the wake of a tweet by a lawmaker of the upper house of the Indian Parliament, Subramanian Swamy, in which he had said that "India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place", referring to the upcoming Presidential Election of Maldives.

Swamy's tweet came after he met with former President Mohamed Nasheed in Sri Lanka to discuss the political situation of the island nation last Wednesday. Stating that Nasheed was "apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election", Swamy declared that "India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently".

Responding to the situation, the spokesperson of India's Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, proclaimed in a short statement that the tweet was Swamy's personal view.

"The opinion expressed by Dr. Swamy in his tweet is personal. It does not reflect the views of the Government of India," said Kumar.

Swamy's tweet was met with harsh criticism from officials of both the Maldivian government and opposition, while the public also expressed concerns on social media. Some of the criticism was also aimed at Nasheed as Swamy had made the prickly tweet after his meeting with the former president.

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