Thursday, April 15, 2021
Home News Reports Ex-DRDO chief clarifies on former NSA's statement, says Congress govt neither responded, nor gave...

Ex-DRDO chief clarifies on former NSA’s statement, says Congress govt neither responded, nor gave financial assistance for ASAT programme

Congress and its supportive ecosystem have been going on overdrive trying to establish that India had achieved the capability under the UPA government but it is the NDA government which is taking the credit.

VK Saraswat, the former chief of DRDO and now a NITI Ayog member, has stated that the statement of the ex-NSA Shivshankar Menon claiming that DRDO had never sought permission regarding the ASAT tests are ‘erroneous’. Saraswat has clarified yesterday that as he has stated before, the DRDO had made an informal presentation before the government and not a written request.

Leftist propaganda site The Wire had published a report quoting UPA-era NSA Shivshankar Menon as saying that the ex-DRDO chief is lying and DRDO had never sought any permission regarding the ASAT tests.

The article in The Wire

However, VK Saraswat, speaking to media, has stated that the DRDO had made an informal presentation to the government and as there was no response from the government and no necessary financial resources were provided, they did not go ahead with the programme.

Saraswat, speaking to ANI, stated that Menon’s comments were erroneous and a ‘flight of imagination’.

Saraswat has further clarified that at that time, the DRDO had stated that they were planning two experiments, one with an electronically stimulated satellite trajectory and launching an interceptor to hit it, so as to avoid space debris, and after its success, another test with the real satellite.

Saraswat had earlier stated that though he had informed the then UPA government about the need for such a programme, he had received only silence over the issue.

He further stated that it was during Manohar Parrikar’s tenure as defence minister that an official proposal was put forth by G Satheesh Reddy, the current DRDO chief. Reddy had also stated recently that NSA Ajit Doval had shared the proposal with PM Modi and the PM had given the go-ahead for the project in 2016.

After PM Modi announced to the world that India has successfully completed the ASAT missile test and is now one a space power among the elite group of nations that have this capability, Congress and its supportive ecosystem, however, have been going on an overdrive trying to establish that India had achieved the capability under the UPA government but it is the NDA government which is taking the credit.

Even the articles and news reports which were being used to claim this had mentioned that the program had not received the go-ahead from the then Manmohan Singh-led government. Even the article in the Wire that quotes Menon, mentions him saying that Saraswat had given an informal presentation regarding ASAT capabilities, making it evident that the programme had never got a green signal from the UPA government.

However, former defence minister AK Anthony had stated to media that he was not even aware of any such programme.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

ESPN goes woke, to include gender-neutral cricket terms ‘batter’ instead of ‘batsman’ and ‘Player of The Match’

ESPN Cricinfo writer Sreshth Shah has informed that the portal will now replace the term 'Batsman' with 'Batter', and 'Man of the Match' will now be 'Player of The Match'.

TMC’s Mahua Moitra claims wishing Hindus on Hindu new year is ‘radicalisation’

While Moitra wanted to paint everyone who was celebrating the Hindu new year as 'radical', the hate for Hindus was actually more evident in her tweet.

Political opposition amid pandemic has become so devoid of humanity that Modi haters now want Gujaratis dead

One would've thought the pandemic would have humbled a few people and made them kinder, but then, 'liberals' would rather dance on dead bodies of Gujaratis if it shows 'Modi failed'

Chhattisgarh: Families of deceased COVID-19 patients will now have to pay Rs. 2,500 for “storage” and “carriage” of the bodies

After fixing rates for treating moderate, severe, very serious COVID-19 patients, Chhattisgarh introduces dead body handling charges

CNN hoped for higher Covid-19 death toll, hyped pandemic deaths to improve ratings, technical director admits in Project Veritas leak

CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester went on five Tinder dates with a Project Veritas agent where he made the revelations.

Pakistan on the verge of civil war as it bans TLP for violent protests over the arrest of its leader and Muhammad cartoons in...

Pakistan Government has taken the decision to ban Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) for their violent protests in the country

Recently Popular

Mayor Sadiq Khan vows to bring the Indian Premier League to London to boost his reelection chances: Details

London mayor Sadiq Khan promises to bring the Indian Premier League to the British capital as part of his reelection campaign.

CNN staffer reveals to Project Veritas spy how they ran pro-Biden propaganda to get Donald Trump out of office

CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester went on five Tinder dates with the Project Veritas spy where he ended up making the damning revelations.

Missionaries converted over 1 lakh people amidst the pandemic, claims to have planted more churches than all the 25 years of their work in...

Missionaries claim they used the distress faced by poor people during the lockdown to convert them to Christianity and build more churches

COVID-19 outbreak: Maharashtra to get 100 MT oxygen from Ambani owned Reliance’s Jamnagar plant

Urban development minister Eknath Shinde said that Maharashtra will receive 100 MT of oxygen supply from Reliance's Jamnagar plant

What happened in Chhabra after Hindu man was stabbed by Muslim men: Call for peace, attack on a Hindu the next day and more

On April 12, the administration extended curfew for one more day at Chhabra, Baran district in Rajasthan after the communal riot

OpIndia Exclusive: Tata Communications suffers data leak, hackers claim to have sold access to company’s servers, over 50GB data still up for sale

As per two posts by hackers on a hackers' forum, they have gained access to Tata Communications servers and sold them.
- Advertisement -


Connect with us