In the culture of lashing out and taking digs at each other in the political spectrum, Congress president Rahul Gandhi followed his routine like the other politicians. While congratulating DRDO for making India the fourth nation to add an anti-satellite weapon to its arsenal today, he also wished PM Modi, on World Theatre Day.
His Tweet read:
"Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.”
The party also congratulated ISRO and the government for acquiring anti-satellite missile capability while extending credit to former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, while a senior party leader said the 'ASAT' programme was initiated during UPA rule.
After Modi announcing the news, the Party’s official Twitter handle posted:
"We congratulate @isro & the Govt on the latest achievement for India. The Indian Space Programme established in 1961 by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru & the Indian Space Research Organisation set up under Smt. Indira Gandhi has always made India proud with its groundbreaking achievements."
Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader, Ahmed Patel tweeted:
"The UPA government had initiated the ASAT program which has reached fruition today. I congratulate our space scientists & the visionary leadership of Dr. Manmohan Singh."
Congress spokesperson, Priyanka Chaturvedi too took to Twitter to throw some shade on BJP and its followers.
"I congratulate our space scientists in ensuring that we continue to reach new heights in space missions! Burn moment for bhakts who keep cursing Pt. Nehru, it was his&Dr. Homi Bhabha's farsightedness that has got us where we are today, in a shorter span of time than any other nation."
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister took to Twitter saying: In the journey of every nation, there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today. India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of #MissionShakti.
He further described the event as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers. He claimed that the action wasn’t directed against any country and the satellite was a pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km.