Congress leader and Chhattisgarh Food and Civil Supplies Minister Amarjeet Bhagat made a shocking statement on Monday, mocking the spirit of ISRO scientists after Chandrayaan-2's Vikram lander could not establish communication with the monitoring centre in Bengaluru on Saturday. On being questioned about 100 days of Modi government, Congress leader Amarjeet Bhagat allegedly pinned the blame on PM Modi over the technical glitch in the Vikram lander.
"Abhi tak to Modi ji kewal doosre ke kiye mein feeta kaat'te they, udghaatan karte they, waahwaahi lete they. Pehli baar Chandrayaan-2 launch karne gaye aur wo bhi fail ho gaya (Until now Modi ji used to take credit for other people's works. Now when he went to launch Chandrayaan-2, that also failed)," said the Congress minister.
While the Chattisgarh Congress leader has mocked ISRO's spirit, Congress party on Saturday had expressed solidarity with ISRO after it was learned that the Vikram lander could not establish communication with mission control. Taking to Twitter, Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had led the party, praising the ISRO scientists for making India proud. It stated that the country stood in solidarity with ISRO team, adding that their hard work and commitment had made everyone proud. Rahul Gandhi also tweeted to congratulate ISRO scientists for the Second Moon Mission, adding that every Indian would get inspired by their sheer dedication and passion.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan on Sunday announced that the team had spotted the location of Vikram Lander on the Lunar surface. He said that Chandrayaan 2's orbiter clicked a thermal image of Vikram Lander. As per ANI, ISRO is trying to establish communication with the lander. The ISRO chief also stated that Vikram's landing must have been a hard landing. This development came a day after just minutes before the touchdown on the lunar surface, communication with the Vikram lander was lost on Saturday morning.