New Delhi. Currently, there is a debate on social media about which tourist destination is the best between Maldives and Lakshadweep. This debate has erupted after the controversial statements given by Maldivian ministers regarding Prime Minister Modi. Meanwhile, Lakshadweep Administrator Prafulla Khoda Patel criticized the Maldivian ministers and warned their government that Indians will not tolerate the insult of Prime Minister Modi. Along with this, he thanked the people of the country for supporting Prime Minister Modi.
Where did the controversy start?
Let us tell you that the entire incident revolves around the derogatory comments made by three Deputy Ministers of Maldives – Malsha Sherif, Mariam Shiuna and Abdul Muhusin Majeed – against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his visit to Lakshadweep. These comments also insulted India, sparking outrage among Indian citizens and triggering a social media campaign calling for a boycott of the Maldives.
After Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep, pictures were shared by him and after seeing these pictures, controversial statements were made on social media by the ministers of Maldives. Maldives Minister Mariam called Prime Minister Modi a puppet in the hands of Israel. This was followed by widespread criticism and the “Boycott Maldives” campaign was launched on various social media platforms. It is noteworthy that these comments were not only against PM Modi but against the whole of India. A social media campaign was launched urging a boycott of the Maldives. Travel booking company ‘EaseMyTrip canceled all flight bookings for Maldives.
The Maldives government distanced itself from the ministers’ comments through a statement, terming them as personal opinions. After this, India took a strong stand and said that such disrespect towards their Prime Minister will not be tolerated. The Maldivian government suspended the posts of these ministers in response to the escalating situation. Amidst the uproar, attempts were made to clarify the positions of the different governments through the statements of ministers from both sides.