MP Mohamed Saeed (PNC-Maavashu) haa accused the Solih administration of neglecting Island Aviation Services Limited because of they were planning to sell the company to an Indian airline.
Speaking at a rally organised by the opposition coalition, MP Saeed stated that the 22 aircraft that had been purchased by the Yameen administration had been grounded since inauguration of President Solih.
He said that keeping the new runway and seaplane terminal unopened during the tourism high-season were also examples of the Solih administration’s neglect.
“The airplanes have been grounded since President Solih came to power. In December alone, the national airline had to pay MVR 100 million to rent private planes from Villa Air and Manta Air”, said MP Saeed.
MP Saeed accused the Solih administration of practicing such gross neglect of Island Aviation as they had planned to sell the company in the coming year. The Solih administration had planned to reduce the budget deficit by privatising state companies.
“The next big crime planned by this government is the selling of Island Aviation to an Indian company”, accused MP Saeed.
MP Saeed stated that this was why the “India Out” slogan had to be used, as India was interfering with the Maldives’ domestic economy and internal matters.