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“Only Ayodhya, Lakshadweep…”: EaseMyTrip suspends all Maldives flight bookings amid row over anti-PM Modi posts

In response to remarks by now-suspended ministers of Maldives against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Lakshadweep, EaseMyTrip, while aligning with the right-wing online campaign to boycott the Maldives, has decided to suspend all Maldives flight bookings.

Standing “in support of India”, Nishant Pitti, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Indian online travel company, took to social media X stating, “In solidarity with our nation, @EaseMyTrip has suspended all Maldives flight bookings.”

Online travel solutions provider EaseMyTrip began visit Lakshadweep campaign by #ChaloLakshadweep.

In his post on January 4, amother co-founder Prashant Pitti wrote, “Water & beaches of Lakshadweep are as good as Maldives/Seychelles We at @EaseMyTrip will come up with crazy special-offers to promote this pristine destination that our PM @narendramodi has recently visited!

Prashant Pitti says, “…Our company is entirely homegrown and made in India. Amid the row over Maldives MP’s post on PM Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep, we have decided that we will not accept any bookings for Maldives…We want Ayodhya and Lakshadweep to turn out as international destinations…”

Amid the row between India and the Maldives, hashtag #BoycottMaldives gained traction on social media by right wing users, with many Indian tourists reportedly started cancelling their scheduled vacations to the island nation.

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