Maldives Political Tensions Rise Over Comments on PM Modi

Tensions rise in the Maldives as Member of Parliament Ali Azim calls for President Mohamed Muizzu’s removal, intensifying the controversy over critical comments directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Another MP, Meekail Naseem, urged Parliament to question Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer. Azim, from The Democrats party, demanded President Muizzu’s ousting and called for a vote of no-confidence. Opposition lawmakers heightened their attacks on Muizzu ahead of the upcoming elections, raising concerns over potential economic impacts due to cancellations by Indian tourists.

The largest opposition party, MDP, criticized the ruling party for jeopardizing the “age-old relationship” with India, emphasizing an “India first policy.” Former Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom appealed to Indians to overlook the comments and highlighted the tourism-reliant nature of the Maldives. Former President Ibrahim Solih and ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid condemned the “hateful language” and “reprehensible” remarks against India.


The controversy emerged after PM Modi promoted tourism in Lakshadweep, leading to the #BoycottMaldives trend on social media. Bollywood celebrities and cricketers contributed to the trend, causing Indian tourists to cancel trips. The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry denounced the “derogatory comments,” while the government suspended three ministers. India’s response has been measured, with Delhi summoning the Maldives envoy and refraining from public statements. The strained ties between India and the Maldives are underscored by President Muizzu’s pro-China stance, as he praises Beijing during a state visit.