These days India Out campaign is being run on social media in Maldives.
The speaker of Maldives parliament and former President Mohammad Nasheed has said that the India out campaign belongs to the ISIS cell. Nasheed said that under this campaign, there is a demand to remove Indian soldiers from Maldives.
The India Out Campaign in Maldives has been gaining momentum in recent weeks and is being given the air by the main opposition party there. The main opposition party of Maldives says that the presence of Indian soldiers is against sovereignty and independence.
In response to the anti-India talk of the opposition party in Maldives, Foreign Minister Abdullah has said that those who are “unable to digest” the strong bilateral relations, they are resorting to such criticism.
On the occasion of the inauguration of an India-backed street lighting scheme, the foreign minister said, “This is a relationship between the two countries. It is a heart-to-heart relationship. We thank it.”
His statement came at a time when the Progressive Party of Maldives-People’s National Congress (PPM-PNC), led by incarcerated former President Abdullah Yameen, is opposing “the presence of foreign forces on Maldives soil”.
Following a recent protest by a group of youths, the PPM-PNC said they were “shocked by police action and discriminatory mass arrests in peaceful motorbike rallies”.
Actually, such speculations are being made that the Indian Army can reach Hanamadhu of Ha Dhaalu Island. Apart from this, there are already additional Indian officers in the Maldives, who are operating helicopters gifted by the Indian Army to the Maldives National Defense Force.
Maldives defended its relations with India
But Major General Abdullah Shamal, the head of the defense force, has insisted that “no foreign security forces exist in the Maldives”.
In the last few weeks, some people in Maldives have tweeted on Twitter with #Indiaout and have trended this hashtag for a while.
The ruling party accused the political opposition of running a social media campaign. It is also alleged on the basis that during the tenure of Yameen, relations between Male and New Delhi had soured. At the same time, his government was also accused of a clear inclination towards China.
China has been a close development partner and leader here. Maldives is also bargaining again for $ 1.4 billion in loans from China.
On the other hand, the development partnerships with India have increased significantly since President Soleh came to power.
Last month, India announced a $ 500 million package, including a grant of $ 100 million. Earlier in 2018, India announced $ 80 million for Maldives.
However, President Soleh’s government is facing many challenges, including the recent anti-India talks being made by political opponents in particular, which they are responding to.
The Soleh administration with a two-year term is facing a major economic crisis. The Maldives economy, heavily dependent on tourism, has suffered a major setback from the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Maldives is trying to handle the worsening situation with Kovid-19 and India has announced a special funding of $ 250 million to help them.
According to the UNDP, Maldives is among the countries with the highest impact from Kovid-19 in the Asia region and potentially worldwide.
In its latest estimate, the Asian Development Bank said that Maldives output could shrink by more than a quarter in 2020.
This is the most worrying estimate about GDP figures. So far more than 9,000 cases and 33 deaths have been reported in Maldives.
Meanwhile, some fear that tension is also brewing within the ruling Maldives Democratic Party (MDP).
This tension is said to be between President Soleh and the speaker and former President Nasheed, which can pose a serious challenge.
Especially when Speaker Nasheed has demanded the removal of some ministers, alleging corruption.
A government MP present in Male spoke to The Hindu newspaper on condition of anonymity and said, “The speaker is also insisting on a parliamentary system. There are concerns within the government that his move may challenge the President.” , Who are trying to work together with the coalition government. “
The MP also said, “On the economy front or on the democracy front, our government has not been able to do much so far and the epidemic has made this situation worse. In this situation, the internal tension will do more harm.”