Nasheed pays courtesy call on BJP leader

Former President Mohamed Nasheed paid a courtesy call to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Leader Vijay Jolly in New Delhi yesterday (August 6), reports One India News.

“The rise of radical Muslim fundamentalism in Maldives, its serious implications on peace and security in our region, the involvement of Maldivian militants in the Mumbai terror attack of Nov 26, 2008, killing 164 people and wounding 308 civilians, and the Maldivian military trained ‘dropouts’ found fighting in Syria for ISIS were discussed at length,” read a statement from Jolly’s office.

Former Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem was also present at the 45-minute meeting, according to the BJP statement .

Nasheed, the acting president of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), reportedly praised Prime Minister Narenda Modi and expressed admiration for his style of governance.

The leader of the Maldivian opposition also conveyed greetings to BJP’s newly-elected President Amit Shah.

The statement added that an agreement was reached to establish a party-to-party relationship between the BJP and the MDP.

Speaking at an MDP rally in June, Nasheed had said that the “biggest relief” the Indian government could offer the Maldives over compensation owed to Indian infrastructure giant GMR for the premature termination of its airport development deal was assistance in changing the government.


Government, opposition congratulate India’s BJP on election win

President Abdulla Yameen and former President Mohamed Nasheed have congratulated India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on winning India’s general elections.

In a message to Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi, President Yameen said he is “elated and has no doubt that India has chosen the most proficient leadership to enter a new era under BJP’s leadership.”

Yameen said the Maldives attaches the highest importance to its relations with India and said he hopes “cooperation between the Maldives and India will further develop under your leadership and guidance in a constructive manner.”

The BJP’s 272 seat win secures it a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. No party has controlled a majority in the parliament since the Congress Party’s 415 seat win in 1984.

Meanwhile, Nasheed in a tweet to Modi congratulated BJP on its success and said he looked forward to “working together for a strong South Asia.”

In reply, Modi said “We value our relation with Maldives & will work towards strengthening our ties further.”

Modi has been accused of doing little to stop communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 in which at least 1,000 people died, most of them Muslims. Modi, who was chief minister of Gujarat at the time, has always denied the allegations and was never charged.