Indian High Commissioner summoned by Maldives after Subramanian Swamy’s controversial tweet

New Delhi | Indian High Commissioner in Male, Akhilesh Mishra on Sunday was summoned by the Maldives foreign minister to protest against the controversial tweet by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy stating the invasion of Maldives by India.

Earlier Subramanian Swamy after a meeting with former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed in Colombo tweeted that “India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place.” Nasheed is also stated to have discussed the about opposition’s concerns about the forthcoming elections in Maldives.

After the controversial Swamy’s tweet, various Maldives ministers stated that the opposition was aiming to undermine national sovereignty ahead of the September 23 presidential elections. Describing Subramanian Swamy as pro-Israeli and anti-Islamic, the State-funded Public Service Media claimed that Nasheed had lobbied with the BJP parliamentarian to invade the Maldives. Responding to Swamy’s tweet Maldives Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar posted on Facebook that Maldivians will not allow external powers to interfere with its internal affairs.

Meanwhile, the Indian Government has separated itself from Subramanian Swamy’s tweet citing it as a personal view. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in an issued statement said, “The opinion expressed by Dr. Swamy in his tweet is personal. It does not reflect the views of the Government of India.”

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