Main opposition rises to ruling party challenge with 100 new members

[Image: Deputy Leader and PPM MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla.PHOTO:Mihaaru]

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has gathered over 100 members to the party in three days, in response to the challenge issued by ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s deputy leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla last Monday.

Claiming that government is not conducted behind closed doors but open to all, the MP had heavily censured the MDP in parliament, vowing to give away one year’s worth of his earnings should, the MDP be able to get a hundred members within three days.

In response, the MDP gathered 113 members from Laamu Atoll Fonadhoo island, the constituency MP Abdul Raheem represents in parliament.

A top official of the MDP involved in gaining the new memberships told Mihaaru that the opposition party received motivation from Abdul Raheem’s words.

“As he humiliated us [MDP] in front of media, we wanted to prove that Fonadhoo still supports MDP,” stated the official.

The PPM recently launched a major campaign, spearheaded by First lady Fathimath Ibrahim, to increase the party’s membership, which gained over 11,000 new membership forms within a day.

According to the MDP, their campaigners spent five hours over three days to collect the new membership forms, a rate which pales in comparison with recent efforts by the PPM.

The MDP further stated that they do not need a penny from Abdul Raheem’s earnings, which is surprising, since there are a number of deserving charities and worthwhile causes who would have benefited from such a hefty donation.

The Elections Commission’s registers show that the PPM currently has 39,000 members in its registry. The PPM stated last month that, including the number of forms not yet submitted to the commission, their members would soon total 70,000. The opposition has so far failed to respond.

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