PM Narendra Modi suggested by close BJP aide to invade Maldives

PM Narendra Modi suggested by close BJP aide to invade Maldives

NEW DELHI - PM Narendra Modi close aide has suggested to invade Maldives in ongoing crisis in order to to keep Maldives away from Pakistan and China.

BJP top leader MP Subramanian Swamy's remarks that India should "invade" Maldives if the upcoming presidential election in the island nation was rigged.

However the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "The opinion expressed by Swamy in his tweet is personal. It does not reflect the views of the Government of India ."

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Swamy had said, "India should invade the Maldives if rigging of election takes place", two days after a meeting with exiled former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed in Colombo.

Swamy met Nasheed in Colombo on Tuesday during which the Maldivian leader apprised him about the political situation in his country and expressed concerns that the September 23 presidential election may be rigged by incumbent President Abdullah Yameen. "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.

New Delhi