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Rahul Gandhi congratulates DRDO on Mission Shakti, wishes PM ‘happy World Theatre Day’

The Congress party Twitter handle congratulated the scientists at ISRO and the government for Mission Shakti and credited late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for establishing the space research organisation.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi wished PM Modi “a very happy World Theatre Day”. (File)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday congratulated the DRDO for the successful test of an anti-satellite missile in operation ‘Mission Shakti’. However, Gandhi also used the opportunity to take a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wishing 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,” Gandhi tweeted.

In a sudden announcement on Wednesday, PM Modi had said he would address the nation shortly with a “very important message”. His address, however, was delayed for over 30 minutes for reasons that weren’t stated.

The Prime Minister then announced the successful execution of Mission Shakti, in which an anti-satellite missile was successfully used to destroy a low earth orbit satellite. Saying India is only the fourth country to achieve this, PM Modi said the country stands tall as a space superpower.

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The Congress also congratulated the scientists at ISRO and the government for Mission Shakti besides crediting late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for establishing the space research organisation.

“We congratulate ISRO and the government on the latest achievement for India. The Indian Space Programme established in 1961 by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru & the Indian Space Research Organisation set up under Smt. Indira Gandhi has always made India proud with its ground-breaking achievements,” the Congress tweeted from its official handle.

With Mission Shakti, India has now become the fourth country, after the US, China and Russia, with the capability to destroy a low-orbit satellite.