Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal congratulated the scientists at DRDO and the entire scientific community for the success of ‘Mission Shakti’ in which India downed its own live Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite by using an anti-satellite missile (A-SAT) powered DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Interceptor technology in under three minutes earlier on Wednesday.
Here’s what he wrote on Twitter:
While Kejriwal made no mention of the Prime Minister in his statement, Sanjay Singh – a sitting Rajya Sabha member from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – retweeted AAP social media team-member Ajit Tyagi's criticism of PM Modi, accusing him of taking credit for a 10-year long DRDO programme.
The Ministry of External Affairs had shed further light on 'Mission Shakti', revealing that the launch had taken place off the Odisha coast:
“On March 27, 2019, India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex. This was a technological mission carried out by DRDO. The satellite used in the mission was one of India’s existing satellites operating in the lower orbit. The test was fully successful and achieved all parameters as per plans.”
While Kejriwal refrained from commenting on PM Modi's address his fellow opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and others attacked the Prime Minister.
Read Rahul Gandhi's tweet:
Read Mamata Banerjee's tweet: