Colombo: As concerns mount over the impending fate of the ousted Maldivian President, political parties in Sri Lanka appeared divided over the developments in the neighbouring state, with some saying Mohammed Nasheed should not have meddled with the legal system.
Nasheed resigned on February 7 following weeks of protests that escalated after he ordered the arrest of Criminal Court Chief Justice Abdulla Mohamed for favouring opposition figures.
Sri Lanka's political parties gave varied views on the induction of a new President in the neighbouring country.
"This was unfortunate for democracy. President Nasheed should never have resigned," Udaya Gammanpila, a minister in the western provincial council said on Friday.
Gammanpila's Heritage Party is a key ally of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said Nasheed's resignation was triggered by a mutiny of a very small group. "He was a democratically elected leader. He should not have given up," he said.
Nasheed, who spent time in Sri Lanka as a student, has sent his wife and one of his two daughters to the country for their safety.
The Marxist JVP, the second largest opposition group felt there were lessons in Nasheed's downfall.
"He clearly meddled with the legal system which was action undemocratic", Anura Kumara Dissanayake, their parliamentary leader said.
The lesson from here is that presidents must not try to tinker the democratic system, Dissanayake said.
Pubudu Jayagoda of the Jana Aragala Party said what happened in Male was that security forces had defied orders to curb a people's uprising.
Sri Lankan government dubbed Nasheed's resignation an internal issue for Maldives.
However, President Rajapaksa with his wide personal links with the ousted leader telephoned the current President of Maldives asking him to ensure Nasheed's safety.
He also ordered full police protection to Nasheed's wife who is in Colombo.