Mission Shakti: Narendra Modi announces successful A-SAT test, BJP celebrates, Congress claims credit  

Arunima Bajaj  Wednesday 27th of March 2019 06:31 PM
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Narendra Modi while announcing the successful A-SAT test. 

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, announced that India had become the fourth country in the world to successfully hit a satellite in space with an anti-satellite missile. Indian scientists successfully carried out the anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile test by bringing down one of its satellites in the low-earth orbit 300 kilometres from Earth.

Modi said, “Some time back, our scientists have hit a live satellite 300km away in the low-earth orbit. This was a pre-determined target which has been brought down by an A-SAT. The operation was completed in three minutes. Mission Shakti was a very difficult operation in which very high quality technical capability was required.”

While Modi’s speech projected his government as one that was making India “secure” with such “futuristic projects”, Congress claimed that the events stemmed from the anti-satellite programme was launched during the Manmohan Singh government.

Some opposition leaders claimed the announcement to be diversionary tactics by the Modi government, although all of them who criticized the government congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organization and its scientists.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav claimed the government was seeking to divert people’s attention from issues like unemployment and rural distress.

CMP leader Sitaram Yechury asked the Election Commission to look into the announcement for possible violation of the Lok Sabha election model code of conduct, which is enforced now.

West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, while congratulating the scientists, said it was a publicity stunt by the BJP which seem to be “desperate to oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat” and her party was going to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission.

After the announcement, a number of BJP leaders and ministers congratulated the Modi government and the DRDO.

The successful testing of the A-SAT missile is significant because it gives India the capability to shoot down enemy spy weaponized satellites during hostilities. Prior to India, the United States, Russia and China have achieved this capability.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of the A-SAT test:




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