The CPI-M on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating the Model Code of Conduct by announcing an Indian scientific achievement in space amid an election campaign in which he himself is a candidate.Also Read - PSI Recruitment Scam: Candidates Write Letter in Blood to PM Modi, Threaten to Join Terror Group if Denied Justice
“Such a mission should normally be announced to the nation and to the world by the relevant scientific authorities like the DRDO,” CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a letter to the Election Commission. Also Read - PM Modi To Visit Nepal On Buddha Purnima Today: What's On Agenda
“Instead, the Indian Prime Minister has taken the route of an address to the nation in making this announcement,” he added. Also Read - Delhi Mundka Fire: Death Toll May Touch 30; CM Kejriwal Announces Rs 10 Lakh Ex Gratia For Kin Of Deceased
This, he said, was a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
Modi announced earlier on Wednesday that India had developed the capability to target a low earth orbiting satellite with an Anti-Satellite missile, becoming only the fourth country to do so.
“I would like to know that if the Election Commission was informed of such an address to the nation by the Prime Minister and did the Election Commission consider and permit such an address to the nation by the Prime Minister?
“I am sure that the entire country would like to know the special reasons why the Election Commission permitted the achievements of Indian scientists to be politically coloured during the course of the general elections,” Yechury added.
In any case, the CPI-M leader pointed out that India had developed this capability was announced by the then chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2012.
“Following the successes of India’s anti-ballistic missile defence programme and the Agni series of missiles, this capability was incorporated into the anti-satellite weapon development programme,” he added.