New Delhi, Aug 26 (UNI) The Government of India on Sunday distanced itself from remarks made by senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy suggesting that India should ‘invade’ the Maldives if rigging happens in the upcoming presidential elections in that country.
“The opinion expressed by Swamy in his tweet is personal. It does not reflect the views of the Government of India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query here.
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed had expressed apprehensions that the September 23 presidential elections in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation may be rigged by the incumbent President Abdulla Yameen’s party.
“India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place,” Dr Swamy had tweeted.
Ever since President Abdulla Yameen imposed Emergency in February this year after the Supreme Court ordered the release prisoners including top leaders, the relations between India and Maldives have experienced some strains.
On June 14, Indian government had slammed the Maldives ruling dispensation and expressed “dismay” that former President of the Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom as well as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Abdulla Saeed were sentenced to long prison terms without fair trial.