‘Truly shameful’: Indian opposition mocks Modi's claim about ordering Balakot airstrikes despite bad weather

Posted In: News Date:May 13th, 2019

Indian opposition leaders on Sunday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for claiming that he had given the Indian Air Force the green signal to proceed with airstrikes in Balakot on February 26 despite bad weather because “the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars”.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury described the prime minister’s remarks as shameful. “Most importantly, because they insult our Air Force as being ignorant and unprofessional,” Yechury said. “The fact that he is talking about all this is itself anti-national, no patriot would do this.”

The CPI(M) leader said national security was not something to be trifled with. “Such an irresponsible statement from Modi is highly damaging,” he added. “Somebody like this cannot remain India’s prime minister.”

Yechury’s party alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers lack “rationality and scientific temper” and that the prime minister was no different.

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took a dig at the BJP for deleting a tweet about Modi’s claim.

“Looks like the tweet got lost in the clouds,” Abdullah tweeted. “Luckily there are screen shots floating around to help.”