Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing the accomplishment of Mission Shakti earlier in the day. (Also read: ‘Had UPA Approved it, Mission Shakti Could’ve Been Accomplished in 2014-15’)

Addressing the media, she said, “What was the need for Modi at the time of election to violate the model code of conduct to take the credit? Does he work there? Is he going to space?”

Reiterating that it was an achievement that our scientists should be credited with, Mamata said, “It’s a political announcement, scientists should have announced it, it’s their credit. Only one satellite was destroyed, that wasn’t necessary, it was lying there since long, it’s the prerogative of scientists, when to do it. We will complain to the Election Commission.”

Earlier, taking to Twitter, Mamata had termed it a gross violation of the model code of conduct. She had said there was “no great urgency” of announcing the mission by a government “past its expiry date” and asserted that it seems to be the “desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat”.

She, however, added, “India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years.  We are always proud of our scientists, DRDO, other research & space organisations. Research, space management and development are a continuous process over the years. Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything. Credit to those who really deserve it, our scientists and researchers.”