The recent conflict with India has created a commotion in the internal politics of the Maldives. The country’s opposition politicians have now demanded the removal of President Mohammad Muijju.
One of the leaders of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Azim, has called on the party’s MPs to move a no-confidence motion in parliament to remove President Muijju. Another leader, Mohammad Naseem, called on parliament to summon the Maldivian foreign minister for allegedly insulting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Muijju’s predecessor Ibrahim Solih and former foreign minister Abdullah Shaheed have also been highly critical of Mohammad Muijju and his political party, the People’s National Congress. Eva Abdullah, a former deputy speaker of the country’s parliament, told Indian media outlet NDTV that Muizzur’s cabinet members and his followers had used “hateful language” about India and Indians’ anger over the issue was justified.
Former Defense Minister of the Maldives and one of the senior MDP leaders, Maria Ahmed Didi termed the country’s current government as ‘short-sighted’ and ‘inconsiderate’ and said in a message, ‘India is not only our old and tested friend, but our relationship with this country is as simple as a 911 phone call to the common man. equal to the relationship. We have always followed the India First policy.
Mohammed Muijju became the President of Maldives after winning the election last September. The top leader of the country’s political party People’s National Congress (PNC) is known as an anti-India and pro-China politician. A major key to his victory in the election was also his massive anti-India stance.
On the other hand, his predecessor Mohammad Solih is known as a pro-Indian politician and his party MDP is also close to India.
India’s recent spat with the Maldives started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Lakshadweep. Narendra Modi recently visited this union island in the southernmost part of India. Later he posted some pictures of that trip on social media. He also invited Indian tourists to visit Lakshadweep.
After Modi posted these pictures, some Maldivian ministers and pro-government politicians criticized them in the comment section.
According to them, these pictures were posted to give a message to Indian tourists to travel to Laksha Island instead of Maldives.
In some films he is referred to as a ‘joker’ or a ‘puppet’. Offensive comments were also made about India-Israel relations.
Indians from all walks of life started reacting strongly to this incident. Cricket and film stars of the country are also in this list. The hashtag ‘BoycottMaldives’ spread on Facebook-Twitter and calls for cancellation of flight tickets of various Indian tourists wishing to travel to Maldives started.
At first, the matter was not given much importance, but later, after realizing the seriousness of the situation, the three ministers were dismissed by the administration led by Muizju. However, the controversy was revived in a big way after Muijzu visited Beijing on Monday.
The pro-China Muijzu probably hoped that Beijing would stand by in this difficult situation. But instead, Beijing has advised him to improve relations with India, according to various international media sources.
The main economic sector of the Maldives, a country of only 298 square kilometers, is tourism. Other sectors of the country are based on this sector. Besides, Maldives is almost hundred percent import dependent country.
When various Asian countries went through massive financial crisis and bankruptcy due to the corona epidemic and after that, Maldives survived well only relying on this tourism sector. And most of these tourists were Indians.
Another leader of the MDP and the former Minister of Youth and Sports of the Maldives Ahmed Mahloof told NDTV that if the tension between the two countries is not eased soon, then the economy of the Maldives may have to pay a high price.
“I am very worried…it will be quite difficult to handle,” Ahmed Mahloof told NDTV.