Indian envoy summoned by Male over Subramanian Swamy’s ‘invade Maldives’ tweet

Subramanian Swamy
Subramanian Swamy, File Photo

 BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s  tweet that suggested Indian government to invade Maldives ‘ on the apprehensions of rigging during elections’, has triggered diplomatic  conflict between New Delhi and Male as Maldivian Foreign office summoned Indian envoy Akhilesh Mishra.

The Indian High Commissioner to Maldives was summoned on Sunday. The island country government expressed concern over the statement.Clarifying on his tweet, Subramanian Swamy said, “Indian citizens in Maldives can’t be ill-treated. It’s my opinion that India has responsibility to protect its citizens for which invasion is necessary.I don’t represent the government.”

Maldives is set to go to polls next month. The government on Sunday distanced itself from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s remarks that India should “invade” the Maldives if the upcoming presidential election in the island nation was rigged.

Swamy  met Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed in Colombo on Wednesday  and Nasheed had expressed apprehensions that the September 23 presidential elections in his country may be rigged by incumbent President Abdulla Yameen’s party.

Swamy then tweeted : “India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place.”

 

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