Maldives govt. distance itself from derogatory remarks against PM Modi, call its personal views

New Delhi, Jan 07 (UNI) The government of Maldives on Sunday “denounced” the statement made by its politicians on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Lakshadweep, saying “These opinions are personal and do not represent the views of the Government of Maldives.”

In an official statement, the Maldive government said, “The freedom of expression should be exercised in a democratic and responsible manner, and in ways that do not spread hatred, negativity, and hinder close relationships between the Maldives and its international partners”.

A massive row erupted between India and Maldives after Maldives Deputy Minister of Youth Empowerment Mariyam Shiuna made some derogatory remarks against PM Modi over his recent visit to the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Shiuna’s now deleted post featured photos of Modi from his recent visit to Lakshadweep.

In the wake of the ongoing controversy, celebrities and online influencers have joined calls to boycott Maldives.

The latest to join the bandwagon is former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra. On Saturday, Chopra took to X and posted: “‘India Out’ was a part of the manifesto. Maldives voted for it.

Actor Akshay Kumar also condemned the comments from the junior minister of the island nation and reiterated the importance of dignity.

He also emphasised the need to support Indian tourism and explore islands in the country.

“Came across comments from prominent public figures from Maldives passing hateful and racist comments on Indians. Surprised that they are doing this to a country that sends them the maximum number of tourists” he said on X.

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