Addu Meedhoo MP Rozaina Adam has described the ‘India Out’ as a campaign launched by former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in a desperate attempt to create hate between the Maldivian people and the Maldivian government.
She made the comment in an interview to SanguTV on Wednesday evening. Rozaina said wasn’t linked to India or the Indian people.
Rozaina said the campaign was born out of jealousy because the government had continued to provide uninterrupted public services despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said that Yameen’s actions contradicted with his own comments during his administration.
“Indian military personnel stay in Maldives for various reasons, to conduct various services at Maldives’ request. And likewise, Maldivian military personnel stay in other countries for various reasons,” she said.
“That’s not military presence. We have seen military presence in other countries, the armed soldiers in the streets.”
Rozaina said that Indian military personnel come to Maldives to conduct training programs and to provide assistance in other work.
“We are not talking about armed Indian soldiers coming to take Maldives,” she said.
“The claims of loss of Maldives’ independence is just false.”
Rozaina said that Yameen had made many decisions during his administration which put Maldives at risk of losing its independence and land.
“The reality is that this shows there’s nothing President Yameen couldn’t do to come to power. This is a false propaganda to create a rift between the Maldivian people and the Indian people,” she said.
“I believe that if action is taken against ‘India Out’, the first to be held accountable should be President Yameen.”
Rozaina said that former presidents were paid over MVR 300,000 by the state, monthly.
She said that Yameen should not be paid his allowances if he used the office run with state funds to run the ‘India Out’ campaign and harass the President.
Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed has asked the Security Services Committee to conduct a review to assess the potential implications of the ‘India Out’ campaign.