West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his latest announcement about India’s successful representation of anti-satellite missile capabilities, stating that it was ‘yet another limitless drama’ to ‘reap political benefits’ prior to the Lok Sabha polls. She said, adding that she will file a complaint with the Election Commission.
“India’s Mission Programme is world class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists. @DRDO_India, other research & space organisations and Modi, as usual likes to take the credit for everything,” she added.
She highlighted that: “credit to those who really deserve it. our scientists & researchers”
“Today’s announcement is yet another limitless drama and publicity mongering by Modi desperately trying to reap political benefits at the time of the election. This is a gross violation of Model Code of Conduct,” Mamata Banerjee wrote on Twitter.
Today’s announcement is yet another limitless drama and publicity mongering by Modi desperately trying to reap political benefits at the time of election. This is a gross violation of Model Code of Conduct. 3/4
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 27, 2019
Even Congress president Rahul Gandhi reacted to the announcement with a tweet in which he congratulated the DRDO scientists but indirectly took a dig at Prime Minister by wishing him “happy World Theatre Day”.
Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work.
I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 27, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India has become the 4th nation in the world to become ‘space power’ after the likes of US, Russia and China which can take down even satellites of enemies during war.
“India has shot down an LEO satellite by an anti-satellite missile. It was conducted under Mission Shakti, which was completed in three minutes,” the Prime Minister said in a special address.
According to PM Modi, the Indian missile A-SAT hit a predestined target and the operation is called ‘Mission Shakti’ which even lasted for just 3 minutes. “India has entered its name as an elite space power. An anti-satellite weapon A-SAT successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit,” PM Modi added in a statement.
This is how PM Modi responded to the critics:
“Full credit to our scientists who succeeded in making India a part of an elite group of countries who have ASAT missile capability. Undaunted by the shameful mockery of a select few, they continue to serve Maa Bharti. #MissionShakti,” PM Modi wrote.
Full credit to our scientists who succeeded in making India a part of an elite group of countries who have ASAT missile capability.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019