Former President Mohamed Nasheed has met with Subramanian Swamy, a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
Both politicians confirmed their meeting on Twitter on Wednesday.
After the meeting in Sri Lanka, Nasheed said that it was a pleasure to meet with Swamy, a member of India’s ruling party, and that they discussed the current political situation in Maldives, the upcoming presidential elections and the opposition’s concerns on how President Yameen intends to rig the election.
Pleasure meeting Hon. Min @Swamy39 today. 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. pic.twitter.com/enYFZIdJ99— Mohamed Nasheed (@MohamedNasheed) August 22, 2018
Also on twitter, Swamy said that Nasheed, the self-exiled opposition leader, was apprehensive of rigging in the election and that India cannot allow any electoral fraud, especially since “current usurper” President Yameen has “humiliated Indians”.
In Colombo today I had a chance meet with Fmr Maldive President Naseed. He is apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election. India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently. We need an action plan— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 22, 2018
India has repeatedly called on the Maldives government to release the political prisoners and allow a free and transparent election. However, their calls have fallen on deaf ears.