BJP's Amit Malviya Calls Mamata Banerjee's ISRO Remarks 'regressive'


BJP IT Cell Head Amit Malviya has reacted to the comments made by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee when she ran down the significance of Chandrayaan-2's landing

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:

BJP IT Cell chief Amit Malviya has reacted to the comments made by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Baerjee in the West Bengal Assembly. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee made a shocking statement, saying that the celebration around the landing of the Chandrayaan-2 was being done to divert attention from 'economic disaster’. Mamata Banerjee also said the event is being seen as though such a thing was never carried out before.

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Amit Malviya: Definitely an achievement for our scientists 

Speaking to Republic TV, Amit Malviya has said, “First of all, Chandrayaan-2 landing on the surface of the Moon is a great event for our country. The scientific temperament of our country and for the millions of young children who are going to watch this phenomenon unfold in front of them. It is definitely an achievement for our scientists.”

Hitting back at Mamata Banerjee, he said, “ If Mamata Banerjee and the rest of the opposition feel otherwise, they are free to shut their eyes but that won’t change the reality.”

Amit Malviya said that he was greatly amused at the kind of comments the West Bengal’s Chief Minister has made. He further said that if Mamata Banerjee thought that Chandrayaan-2's mission wasn't important, then what was her plan and the vision for the people of West Bengal? Malviya put forth that her comments suggested that she would take the state decades back, given her 'regressive thinking', adding that this was something the people of the country and particularly the people of Bengal would have to think about.

"They are today being governed by a Chief Minister who would rather take them to dark ages than to lead in a scientific era that we are now looking at,” he said.

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Mamata Banerjee's comments

Mamata Bannerjee had mocked the hard work of thousands of those involved in the Moon mission.

"As if the Chandrayaan launch is the first in the country. As if before they came to power, no such missions were taken up. It is an attempt to divert attention from economic disaster," she said in the West Bengal assembly.

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Soft landing of Chandrayaan-2 on Moon

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) space mission Chandrayaan-2 is just hours away from making history. Vikram Lander’s final touchdown will begin in the early hours of Saturday. 'Vikram' with rover 'Pragyaan' placed inside is scheduled for a powered-descent between 1 am and 2 am on September 7, followed by its touchdown between 1.30 am and 2.30 am. If successful, India will be the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to do a soft landing on the Moon.

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