Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of diverting people’s attention from real issues and urged the Election Commission to take note of it. Their reaction came soon after Modi announced that India became “a space superpower” by becoming the fourth country to acquire anti-satellite capability.Also Read - PSI Recruitment Scam: Candidates Write Letter in Blood to PM Modi, Threaten to Join Terror Group if Denied Justice

Taking a dig at Modi, Akhilesh Yadav accused Modi of diverting the attention of the people from real issues by pointing to space. Also Read - PM Modi To Visit Nepal On Buddha Purnima Today: What's On Agenda

“Today Modi got himself an hour of free TV to divert nation’s attention away from issues on ground — unemployment, rural crisis and women’s security — by pointing at the sky,” he said, adding the success for the mission belonged to scientists. Also Read - Delhi Mundka Fire: Death Toll May Touch 30; CM Kejriwal Announces Rs 10 Lakh Ex Gratia For Kin Of Deceased

Mayawati too asked the Election Commission to take serious note of Modi’s speech.

“Many congratulations to the Indian security scientists for destroying a satellite in space and making the country proud,” she stated.

But she said that Modi’s attempts to score political gains was condemnable. “The Election commission should take serious note of it,” she tweeted.