Janta Dal (Secular) leader and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday irked controversy by making a ridiculous jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Chandrayaan 2 mission failure. Kumaraswamy blamed PM Modi or supposedly bringing “bad luck” for scientists after stepping at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) centre to watch Chandrayaan-2 mission.
Kumaraswamy said while Isro scientists successfully launched the Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission in July, just a moment before the landing of lander Vikram, space agency lost contact with it.
"Scientists worked hard for 10-12 yrs, he came just for sake of advertisement. Once he stepped in ISRO Centre, I think it became bad luck for scientists," ANI quoted Kumaraswamy as saying.
Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy in Mysuru: PM came to Bengaluru to give a message that he himself was landing Chandrayaan-2, scientists worked hard for 10-12 yrs, he came just for sake of advertisement. Once he stepped in ISRO Centre, I think it became bad luck for scientists. pic.twitter.com/nYXOHxqnpE— ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2019
Speaking at a public gathering in Mysuru, the former Karnataka CM also claimed that PM Modi had to come to Bengaluru for his own “advertisement”.
"PM came to Bengaluru to give a message that he himself was landing Chandrayaan-2," Kumaraswamy said.
On September 7, Prime Minister Modi had reached ISRO centre at Bengaluru to watch the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission’s Vikram Lander soft-land on the Lunar surface live. However, the Lander Vikram lost contact with the ISRO mission control centre when it was just around 355 meters above the Moon's Lunar surface.
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