'Cloud, Rain, Radar': Twitterati poke fun at PM Modi's retelling of Balakot airstrikes
BusinessToday.In May 12, 2019
Prime Minister's comment on how he believed that clouds and heavy rain prevented Pakistani radars from detecting Indian fighter jets have received brickbats from the opposition leaders and people on social media. PM Modi disclosed that he gave a crucial go ahead when experts were in dilemma about launching the Balakot operation in the bad weather.
Speaking to News Nation, PM Modi said, "The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds... heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can go in the clouds. During a review (of the Balakot plan), by and large, the opinion of experts was - what if we change the date. I had two issues in mind. One was secrecy... second, I said I am not someone who knows the science. I said there is so much cloud and rain. There is a benefit. I have a raw vision, the clouds can benefit us too. We can escape the radar. Everyone was confused. Ultimately I said there are clouds... let's proceed."
The interview was televised on Saturday ahead of the crucial Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha elections. A total of 59 parliamentary seats are polling today.
BJP's official Twitter account had initially posted PM Modi's comment but it later took it down.
Opposition parties have latched on to the opportunity to roast the PM over his comments. Congress spokesperson Salman Soz said on Twitter, "It seems no one clarified for the PM how radars work. If that is the case, then it is a very serious national security issue. No laughing matter."
According to Britannica, "Radar's have the ability to detect faraway objects under adverse weather conditions".
India had conducted air strikes on Balakot, Pakistan after a suicide bombing attack conducted by a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist killed several Indian soldiers on February 14.
Edited By: Udit Verma