New Delhi: After BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s said “India should invade Maldiveson social micro-blogging site Twitter, the government immediately responded that remark is his own personal opinion and doesn’t reflect the views of the Government of India.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar responding to a query on Swamy’s remarks, said: “Opinion expressed by Dr. Swamy in his tweet is personal, “It does not reflect the view of Government of India,” he added, India.com reported.
BJP MP made the remark of invading Maldives if the Presidential Elections scheduled for September 24 are rigged.
https://t.co/nazyiRCOKs: India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 24, 2018
He reportedly held a meeting with exiled former Maldivian president Mohammed Nasheed in Colombo two days ago where the exiled leader have expressed his concern that the upcoming elections may be rigged.
“We discussed the current political situation in the Maldives, upcoming presidential elections and our concerns on how President Yameen intends to rig Sept 23rd election,” Nasheed had tweeted after the meeting.
Just a day after the duo’s meeting, Swamy took to twitter and said that Nasheed was apprehensive of “gross rigging” and India should not allow that to happen infact “India should invade the Maldives if rigging of election takes place.”
Reacting on the whole controversy over his remarks, Subramanian Swamy on Sunday tweeted: “Why is the present Govt of Maldives upset by my “If then” statement that if Maldive’s Sept 24th general election is rigged then India should invade that nation? Already Indians in that nation are fearing reprisals.”
Why is the present Govt of Maldives upset by my “If then” statement that if Maldive’s Sept 24th general election is rigged then India should invade that nation? Already Indians in that nation are fearing reprisals. We have to protect our citizens.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 26, 2018