Addressing the public rally in Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his party is now chowkidar in space too after the recent success of Mission Shakti.
The prime minister also referred to the Mission Shakti, under which the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) shot down a satellite in space on Wednesday, entering a select group of nations having such a capability.
“We are now chowkidar in space too,” the prime minister told the election rally in Odisha, which is going to simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and state assembly.
“It’s about time to give an apt answer to people who are insulting the capabilities of our scientists and the armed forces,” the prime minister said.
The DRDO scientists had launched a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor missile in an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test at a target satellite orbiting in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.
PM Modi alleged that the Opposition is fighting the BJP with the intention to “form a majboor (weak) government” at the Centre in the Lok Sabha election. He also targeted the BJD government of Naveen Patnaik for having “kept Odisha backward” for decades.
“This is the right time to punish the Congress and BJD, who were given ample time in Odisha to develop the region. However, they have failed miserably,” he said addressing his first rally in the state since the election dates were announced earlier this month.
The parliamentary polls will be held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. Odisha votes for simultaneous polls in the first phase on April 11. Odisha has 147 assembly and 21 Lok Sabha seats. Votes will be counted on May 23.