Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Interim Vice President Umar Naseer has stressed that no contingent of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) operator GMR, India would be able to sway the stand taken by the parties of the coalition government on INIA.
Umar’s statement came at a time when GMR head G M Rao, the company’s board members and a legal team is scheduled to arrive in the Maldives on Thursday.
He said though dialogue with GMR’s team is not an issue, the stand of the parties within the coalition government is to reclaim INIA from the company.
“Government sitting down with GMR and resolving the issues is another matter. The agreement wasn’t signed on a decision by the cabinet. The Parliament wasn’t even informed. Parliament passed the Financial Act at 1:30pm while the agreement was signed at 4:30pm. Agreements aren’t signed anywhere within a due process. The agreement was signed while so many questions were being raised. So GMR must know that they have taken a risk. Now they must bear that risk,” Umar explained.
Prominent members of the government and the political parties have failed to come to a consensus over reclaiming INIA from GMR.
Umar further stressed that the notion put forward by some parties to resolve the issues with GMR through the judicial system would only prolong the reclaiming of the airport.