Former Defense Minister and leader of opposition party MDP, Maria Ahmed Didi came to the scene blaming the lack of foresight of the ruling leaders. Maldives has a very old relationship with India. Ahmad Mahloof, another MDP leader, said that the government has taken a move that will affect the economic system of the country very badly.
Opposition leader Fayaz Ismail said the real clowns are the ruling party in Maldives. “I want to visit Lakshadweep. The opposition sees growth of tourism in Lakshadweep as something that will benefit both countries. This is a very unfortunate incident. Our party is apologizing for the people of Maldives. The Deputy Ministers of Maldives who campaigned on social media for the President. They are social media activists. I don’t know what to say about these clowns. This is where the real thing lies. With clowns,” said Faiyas, a leader of the MDP (Maldivian Democratic Party).
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Fayaz Ismail said his concern is not about tourism to Maldives. “My concern is about the good relationship that Maldives has with India. This relationship is a hundred-year relationship. Now the relationship between the two countries has gone beyond the diplomatic level. It is being manipulated by people on social media. This has become a long-term impact on our people.” Fayaz said that he did not think that what these clowns had done was on the instructions of the government, but they had brought things to such a level that even the government could not do anything.
At the same time, Indian protests against Maldives are growing. The campaign to cancel flight tickets to the Maldives is going strong. It is reported that many people who had planned a vacation in Maldives are canceling their bookings.