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No clearance needed for security-related announcements: Poll body sources

Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee said that the PM’s announcement of the successful completion of Mission Shakti was a violation of the poll code.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2019 14:56 IST
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Election Commission sources said government does not need its clearance for security-related announcements.
Election Commission sources said government does not need its clearance for security-related announcements.(PTI)
         

The government does not need to take permission from the Election Commission in matters of national security, poll panel sources said on Wednesday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the successful test of an anti-missile weapon with just weeks to go for the Lok Sabha elections. (Highlights of PM’s address)

The assertion comes amid statements by Opposition leaders that the announcement violated the poll code of conduct that kicks in the day elections are announced.

Read: In 3 min, a satellite 300 km away was destroyed in Mission Shakti, says PM

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, while congratulating the DRDO, targeted the Prime Minister for what she called “drama and publicity mongering.”

“India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India , other research & space organizations,” she said in a series of tweets.

 

The Trinamool leader, while saying that the research, space management and development were a continuous process over the years, added: “Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything. Credit to those who really deserve it, our scientists & researchers”.

“Today’s announcement is yet another limitless drama and publicity mongering by Modi desperately trying to reap political benefits at the time of election. This is a gross violation of Model Code of Conduct,” she added.

READ: Explained, Mission Shakti and anti-satellite missile fired by India

The West Bengal CM said she would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission. “It seems a desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat.”

Congress President Rahul Gandhi while congratulating the DRDO targeted PM Modi and wished him a very happy World Theatre Day. “Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day,” he tweeted.

 

PM Modi, earlier in the day, announced that India had shot down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, which was a pre-determined target. He said India has become a “space superpower” with the successful testing of anti-satellite weapon.

The Prime Minister said India is only the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China to do so.

“India has entered its name as an elite space power. An anti-satellite weapon, A-SAT, successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit,” the prime minister said in a televised address.