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Posted on Nov 29, 10:07PM | UNI
India will not take lightly the hostile atmosphere that has been created against it by some political forces in Maldives that led to the cancellation of the GMR contract for development of Male airport.
Though Maldives Government has ruled out any review of its decision but the matter was not going to end there, as highly placed sources here indicated that the Government would fully back Bangalore-based GMR to go to Singapore for arbitration.
The deal had been signed during the regime of Mohammad Nasheed who had been forced to cede power last last year. Ever since the new Government headed by Mohammad Waheed has come, signals started coming in that the deal might be scrapped.
The sources said here that if the present anti-India sentiment continued, it was inevitable that this would affect relations between the two countries.
There is a feeling in New Delhi that the campaign against the GMR contract had more to do with the elections in the island country that are due next year than with purely commercial considerations.
According to sources, when President Waheed had come here, he had told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the GMR issue was a matter to be resolved, and later, the External Affairs Minister had told his Maldivian counterpart that if they wanted, independent experts could have a relook at the terms of the contractor.
But the sudden decision taken by the the Waheed Government has come as a surprise, and the feeling here is that as elections could happen in the island country as early as next July, a purely legal matter had got mixed up with the political narrative.