Kolkata, Mar 27 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to ‘take the credit’ of the achievement of space scientists in shooting down a live satellite.
In a series of tweets, Ms Banerjee said, “Research, space management & development are a continuous process over the years. Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything. Credit to those who really deserve it, our scientists & researchers.”
She said, “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.”
The chief minister said, “India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India , other research & space organisations.”
In another tweet, Ms Banerjee said, “There is no great urgency in conducting and announcing the mission now by a government past its expiry date. It seems a desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat. We are lodging a complaint with the Election Commission.”
Senior TMC leader, Kolkata Mayor and state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim also criticised Mr Modi for trying to ‘take the credit’ of the achievement of space scientists in shooting down a live satellite.
He said Mr Modi should stop taking credit for the achievement or job done by others. Shooting down a satellite is the credit of our scientists.
” The Modi government in the last five years has failed to provide any relief to the people of the country, ” he commented.
“So ahead of the elections, the BJP and Modi should stop these tricks to fool the masses. It won’t have any impact on the poll prospects of the BJP in the upcoming elections,” Mr Hakim said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers.
India has achieved a rare capability by joining the big league of the United States, China and Russia and successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile, the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation here.
“This was just only in three minutes, Congratulations to everyone on the success. This was done by indigenously built Satellite,” the Prime Minister said.
“India has demonstrated the rare anti-satellite missile capability,” the Prime Minister said, adding the Mission Shakti is aimed at strengthening India’s overall security.
“India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony,” he later tweeted.