New Delhi: As India registered its name among the elite space superpowers by testing anti-satellite weapon A-SAT in the Low Earth Orbit under Mission Shakti on Wednesday, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) lauded the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists as well as the central leadership for the same.

The RSS took to Twitter and said, “On the significant occasion of India’s becoming a space superpower after the successful Mission Shakti: testing of Anti-Satellite weapon A-SAT, we salute and compliment our scientists as well as the central leadership on behalf of the people of India.”

While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders congratulated the government and the DRDO scientists over the success of Mission Shakti, Opposition leaders mocked the PM Modi-led government. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed Indian scientists had the capability a decade ago, but the then government didn’t give its approval so Mission Shakti couldn’t be accomplished before.

Jaitley cited a newspaper report of 2012 which quoted a senior scientist as saying after the successful launch of Agni V that India then had the capability to develop an anti-satellite missile. Even former DRDO chief came out in support of the Centre’s claim that India could have achieved the status of a space superpower a few years earlier had then Government supported the project.

Speaking to ANI, former DRDO chief Dr V K Saraswat said, “We made presentations to National Security Adviser (NSA), National Security Council. When such discussions were held, they were heard by all concerned. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a positive response (from UPA), so we didn’t go ahead.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan and China also issued statements over the same. While Pakistan issued a call stating that such actions may lead to the militarisation of the space arena, China also gave a guarded reply along similar lines.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that it hopes all countries will uphold peace and tranquillity in the outer space.