As with the Balakot air strikes and the surgical strikes before, the opposition chose to restrict its praise to scientists and defence forces while accusing the government of playing politics. CPM and Trinamool complained to the Election Commission that Modi’s address was a violation of the electoral code of conduct.
“Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Jaitley hit back, citing a proverb, to say, “When a finger points to the moon, idiot points to the finger”. The minister said the mission should be praised as the missile was fully indigenous and met all objectives.
The opposition also attacked the PM for his televised address to the nation, the first after his dramatic announcement of demonetisation on November 8, 2016. Opposition leaders accused Modi of seeking political mileage and linked it to BJP’s “failing” fortunes, claiming that the “Balakot effect” was wearing off.
Jaitley said “the lower they go, stronger we emerge” and added that the Modi government had given the defence establishment the go-ahead while Congress-led UPA had not done so.
“If they want to rectify the Balakot (air strike) mistake, it is the opportunity for the opposition to do so and stand in support of our scientists,” he said, referring to the air strike on a terrorist camp in Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack.
Missile test launches another war of words between govt, opposition – Times of India