New Delhi: While Twitter was abuzz on Wednesday with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Happy World Theatre Day’ tweet to PM Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah didn’t take quite kindly to it. (Also read: RSS Lauds DRDO, Govt For Mission Shakti)
The BJP president retweeted Rahul’s post that mocked the PM for announcing the accomplishment of Mission Shakti, and wrote, “Thus speaks the inheritor of the dynasty that thinks – All the nation’s a stage! For them: Sacrifices of soldiers – drama, Success of scientists – drama, Masquerading as leaders, all that ‘The Dynasty’ has done is to plunder, weaken and ruin the nation.”
Soon after PM Modi’s address, the Congress president had tweeted, “Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.”
Shah went on to tweet, “The Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile was successfully tested in space but it seems a few people on Earth have also got hurt. After spending a lifetime humiliating our soldiers, Leaders of the Opposition have expanded their influence to ridiculing our scientists.”
The war of words has been on since PM Modi announced, earlier in the day, that DRDO had successfully test-fired ballistic missile defence system by shooting down a satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This has placed India among the elite club of four nations capable of hitting a live target in space. Till now, only the US, Russia and China had this capability.
TMC president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury claimed that PM’s address to the nation amounted to a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.