Members of the Maldives United Opposition has refused to accept Tuesday's parliament approval to extend the ongoing state of emergency by additional 30 days. "And the Constitution states that 43 MPs must be present during a vote on a matter of public compliance", Nasheed told TOI minutes after the statement issued by the MEA.
Notably, before the vote, the Maldivian parliament's speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed reportedly announced that 20 votes in support of the state of emergency prolongation would be enough to endorse the move.
A Reuters news report on Tuesday said 11 Chinese warships had sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, amid the constitutional crisis in the strategically located nation.
Welcoming India's strong statement on the Maldives Tuesday, former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed urged the Abdulla Yameen government to adhere to it even as he accused Yameen of 'ruling down the barrel of a gun'. It can take up to two weeks if parliament is in recess, as was the case with Yameen's proclamation. Later, the remaining three judges annulled the order to release Yameen's opponents.
Later, judges also revoked the reinstatement of 12 parliamentarians who were stripped of their seats for defecting to the opposition. President Yameen is ruling down the barrel of a gun. And so Yameen has ratified and extended the emergency illegally. He also showed reporters a police statement which said a bag containing US$215,000 and 150,000 rufiyaa (US$9,700) belonging to one Supreme Court judge had been found, and that US$2.4 million had been separately wired to the judge by a private firm.
Maldives became a multiparty democracy in 2008 after decades of Gayoom's autocratic rule.
Yameen has jailed nearly all his political opponents since coming to power in late 2013.
India, which has had longstanding political and security ties to the islands about 400 kilometres (250 miles) away, has sought to push back against China's expanding presence in the Muslim-majority country of 400,000 people.
Yameen had cited threats to national security after the Supreme Court overturned criminal convictions against nine of his opponents and ordered their release. Tourism dominates the economy, with wealthy foreigners flown directly to hyper-expensive resort islands.