Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at Bengaluru’s Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to witness the soft landing of Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram. However, ISRO lost connection with the lander minutes before the scheduled landing. Former chief minister has raked up the incident and blamed PM Modi for the “misfortune”.
Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is back in the headlines but not for his political works, but for his scathing attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stated that PM Modi’s presence at ISRO was bad luck which is why the connection to Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram was lost.
During a press conference, Kumaraswamy said, “I don’t know, but probably the stepping in there could have brought bad omen to ISRO scientists.”
He further said that PM Modi came to Bengaluru on the night of Sept 6a to send a message to the people of India that “he was behind the launch of Chandrayaan”.
However, he added that the project was the outcome of the scientists and the UPA government during 2008-09.
“Those scientists had toiled for 10-12 years and the cabinet approval for Chandrayaan-2 was given in 2008-09 and accordingly the funds were released the same year. Modi simply came here for publicity as if he was behind the launch,” stated Kumaraswamy.
BJP’s Tom Vadakkan hit out at Kumaraswamy for not being able to appreciate PM Modi’s statesmanship.
“Kumaraswamy is busy licking his wounds. His statements are reflective of his mindset. When the connection was lost, it was PM Modi’s statesmanship to hail our scientists and hug them, all the while saying that all hopes are not lost,” iterated Vadakkan.
Tom Vadakkan further said that it was because of PM Modi that today India looks at our scientists as national heroes.
“The dynamics of success is through failures. PM Modi stood by the scientists, hugged them and said that this is yet another day, and the country is proud.”
Tense moments were witnessed at ISRO, Bengaluru, when the communication between Vikram Lander and the ground station was lost during the Fine Breaking Phase on Satyrday (September 7).
The scientists of ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) lost communication with the satellite.
However, the ISRO refused to give up and continued to make all efforts to establish a link with Chandrayaan 2's Vikram Lander, which is found to be lying on the lunar surface after a hard-landing.
Vikram, with rover Pragyan housed inside it, hit the lunar surface after communication with the ground-stations was lost during its final descent, just 2.1 km above the lunar surface, in the early hours of Saturday.
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