JP's loyalty to govt questioned by Galolhu MP

Galolhu South MP Eva Abdulla has criticized the alliance between Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Jumhooree Party (JP).

MP Eva said it is not right for Jumhooree Party to work with the opposition for the parliamentary election, while having already pledged their allegiance to the government as a member of the ruling coalition.

JP made the decision to back the 32 candidates contesting in the upcoming parliamentary elections from the opposing progressive coalition, while the progressive coalition withdrew some of their tickets in favour of JP candidates running for the same constituencies. Meanwhile, JP leader Gasim Ibrahim, who is also the speaker of the parliament, has been throwing verbal criticism at both the former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, a key-figure of main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the government on public platforms.

Speaking on local channel Raajje TV on Wednesday night, Eva said Gasim's words and actions are confusing JP members to the point that they are unsure of who they are supposed to vote for in the parliamentary election. From all aspects, it is unreasonable for a member of the ruling coalition to work together politically with the opposition, added Eva. Action has to be taken immediately to address the issue as JP's loyalty to the coalition is questionable, the MP said.

Shedding light on the issue of MDP members who lost the party primary contesting in the parliamentary election as independent candidates, Eva said such members have no loyalty towards their parties, and the sources of their campaign funds are most likely from questionable characters. It would be useless to elect such a contestant to the parliament, warned Eva further.