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India should not remain mute spectator: Sinha on Maldives

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Underlining that the political crisis in poses a threat to India's security, senior BJP leader Sinha today urged the government to act immediately and said it should not remain a "mute spectator" with strengthening its presence in the island nation.

Speaking to reporters at his residence in Uttar Pradesh's Noida, Sinha said the has diplomatic options, non-diplomatic options and it must exercise those in order to ensure India's security is not threatened amid the crisis in

Sinha, expressing his views on behalf of the Rashtra Manch -- a new political platform he launched last month, said that the impression till now has been that "things have been allowed to drift".

He urged the government to act as it was the "best judge" of the situation and that every hour now was "precious".

"What's happening in is a threat to India's national security. Highest numbers of people (on per capita basis) from Maldives have joined the These people will return to our nearest neighbour (Maldives) when is wiped out, posing threat to us," the former external affairs argued.

To a question whether should consider sending troops to the island country, Sinha said that is one of the options. But, he added, that the government should select its option carefully.

The main concern is that time is not lost while acts, Sinha said.

"We need not ask any nation before we act. Like in Bangladesh's case we have seen, if we act, world respects you. But if you don't, they will take you as weak and you keep taking advice," he said.

Sinha said that there were reports that has already "taken over" 17-18 islands which were part of Maldives and asserted that it was a "matter of most serious concern".

"That Chinese should come and right under our nose, in our backyard, play these games, should not remain a mute spectator," he said.

Sinha also said that both the present NDA and the previous UPA governments did not act "decisively" when it came to Maldives, which he claimed had become "hostile" to India.

He cited the example of how an Indian company operating at was "thrown out".

"We didn't intervene then too (during UPA regime). So the is since feeling that India is finding itself as weak and not acting tough. Hence, it (Maldives) feels it can do what it wants," Sinha said.

The island nation, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of its first democratically-elected president in 2012, plunged into chaos recently when the there ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed".

India had earlier described as a matter of "concern" the arrests of the and political figures there.

However, earlier this week, the had revoked its order on the release of the opposition politicians.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 18:20 IST