Today, the opposition has launched a scorching attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which follows his announcement about the testing of A-SAT or anti-satellite missile.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has led the attack in a series of Twitter posts, claiming it was “yet another limitless drama” by a “government past its expiry date”. Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has congratulated the defence research organization DRDO and wished the Prime Minister “a very happy World Theatre Day”.
Announcing the successful testing of ‘Mission Shakti’, PM Modi with a special address to the nation said that India is the fourth nation to test an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia, and China.
The opposition has contended that PM Modi’s special announcement two weeks ahead of National Elections in an obvious attempt to take credit for years of research by scientists and gain political score.
CM Banerjee claims to file a complaint with the Election Body about the violation of ‘Model Code of Conduct’, which lays down the does and don’ts for BJP and political parties before the elections.
Praised the scientists, CM Banerjee Twitter post reads:
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh was the first off the block with the tweet:
Mr. Yadav’s alliance partner Mayawati also alleged the Prime Minister of politicizing the matter.
However, the EC said that the government does not need any permission to declare matters related to security of the nation and even when ‘Model Code of Conduct’ is in exercise.
A-SAT can severely cripple reconnaissance systems and enemy communications during war and has the potential to blind the entire military of an enemy force.