As India became space power with stunning success of ‘Mission Shakti’, there were murmurs about the model code of conduct. After all the announcement came just a fortnight before the Lok Sabha Elections that commence on April 11. However, the Election Commission has reportedly said that there was no poll code violation as the announcement was related to national security. According to an NDTV Report, the government of doesn’t need to take any prior permission with matter pertaining to national interest of security issues.
The Opposition is also questioning the timing of the announcement. “There is no great urgency in conducting and announcing the mission now by a government past its expiry date. It seems a desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat. We are lodging a complaint with the Election Commission,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Twitter. “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 said in another tweet.
Giving key details about the mission, PM Modi announced India’s anti-satellite missile system with a successful test against a low earth orbit satellite. “India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability. Entire effort is indigenous. India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony,” PM Modi said on Twitter after the national address.
The Prime Minister had advertised his address to the nation on Twitter, calling it an important message. “Do watch the address on television, radio or social media,” he said, setting off speculation across the country on what the topic was likely to be. Earlier in the day, the Cabinet Committee on Security had met at the Prime Minister’s residence.