HD Kumaraswamy blames PM Modí’s ‘bad luck’ for ‘failure’ of Chandrayaan 2 mission
Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former chief minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supposedly bringing “bad luck” to the Chandrayaan 2 mission after the mission’s Vikram lander lost communication with space agency ISRO upon landing on the Moon.
Speaking at a public gathering in Mysuru, the former CM claimed that PM Modi had to come to Bengaluru for his own “advertisement”.
On September 7, Prime Minister Modi reached ISRO’s ground centre at Bengaluru to watch the moon mission’s Vikram lander soft-land on the lunar surface.
However, the Lander lost contact with the ISRO mission control centre when it was just 400 meters above the lunar surface.
Meanwhile, the JD(S) leader also alleged that the Prime Minister had also snubbed Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and his aides by not inviting them to visit the ISRO Centre.
Kumaraswamy also accused PM Modi of trying to take credit for the moon mission from the ISRO scientists who had worked on the project for around 10 to 12 years.
he said, “PM Modi came to Bengaluru a few days ago for the Chandrayaan 2 as if he did everything for it. The scientists worked hard for 10-12 years and approval was given by the cabinet for the same in 2009, PM Modi came to take credit for the sake of advertisement and publicity.”
“Once he stepped in ISRO Centre, I think it became bad luck for scientists. I also got information that the CM and other leaders who had gone were sent away by PM Modi by the snap of his fingers, suggesting there was no need of them being there,” Kumaraswamy said.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, ISRO said in a statement that Chandrayaan 2’s orbiter – which is still in orbit around the moon – had spotted Vikram lander on Moon’s surface and that it had not been damaged after hard-landing. However, the space agency is yet to establish contact with the lander.
Incidentally, hours after ISRO had lost contact with Vikram lander, ISRO chief K Sivan had broken down and was consoled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The photograph of PM Modi hugging and consoling the ISRO chief had gone viral on social media, with many calling the moment “heartwarming”.
Meanwhile, apart from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) is also said to be making efforts to establish contact with Vikram lander that is lying on the moon since September 7.