President of the opposition People's National Congress, Abdul Raheem Abdullah, has said that the Maldivian people had the right to call for "India Out". He had said this in response to the claim that Maldivians could not call "India Out" made by Speaker Mohamed Nasheed and other officials of the Solih administration.
Abdur Raheem tweeted today that the citizens were calling "India Out" because they had no illusions about India's role in the Maldives. The citizens could call "India Out", and the call cannot be stopped, he said.
"The people can call India Out. The people will call it. It cannot be stopped. It will go on. The Maldivian people are awake", said Abdur Raheem.
Opposition leader, former President Abdullah Yameen, has taken a leading role of the ongoing "India Out" movement. The T-shirt that he wore during his tour of Kaafu Atoll had the slogan "India Out" printed in large, white letters. This is the first time that a former President of the Maldives has so openly stood against India's interference in the Maldives.
The former President has called for expanding the "India Out" movement to all parts of the Maldives.