The Opposition on Sunday criticised and ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks he made on clouds and radar in reference to the Balakot airstrike.
In an interview with News Nation on Saturday, PM Modi, while commenting on the airstrike conducted in February, said that despite bad weather, he gave a go ahead to fighter jets as he believed that clods and heavy rain would prevent radars from detecting jets.
“The weather was not good on the day of airstrikes. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that day of strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars,” PM Modi said.
Without wasting much time, the Congress attacked the PM through their self-composed poetry:
Jumla hi fekta raha paanch saal ki sarkar mein,
Socha tha cloudy hai mausam,
Nahi aaunga radar mein. pic.twitter.com/xDeOg4Yq5K
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 12, 2019
CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Pm Modi’s remarks were “truly shameful…because they insult our Air Force as being ignorant and unprofessional.”
National security is not something to be trifled with. Such an irresponsible statement from Modi is highly damaging. Somebody like this can’t remain India’s PM. https://t.co/wK992b1kuJ
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 11, 2019
“On PM Modi’s radar & clouds comment, 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!” tweeted Congress spokesperson Salman Soz.
On PM Modi's radar & clouds comment, 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!
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 11, 2019
BJP Gujarat official Twitter account had initially posted the comment, but heavy backlash led them to delete the comment.
Twitter was laughing out loud at PM Modi’s remarks and did not miss out on the opportunity to roast the PM.
My big worry for the day. How will we defend India when it is cloudy? ?
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) May 12, 2019
"ISRO wasn't ready for the moon mission. The experts had their doubts. I told them to attempt it on the Full Moon Day because then they will have more area to land on. Vidya kasam." – Our scientist PM
— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) May 12, 2019
Here’s what you’d see- question no 27. Unfortunately for Modi, it wasn’t cloudy, the radar picked this up ? pic.twitter.com/aRiEUgPdaB
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) May 12, 2019
He's one step away from saying he was the pilot… https://t.co/sQhCnTwrWu
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) May 11, 2019
How's the PM?
High sir. https://t.co/qTiTj5a6GR
— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) May 11, 2019
— SAIF KHAN (@KHANSAI61863564) May 13, 2019
A friend on FB put it well. If Modi as PM can really dismiss expert opinion & endanger airforce personnel by enforcing his cloudy understanding about radars, we know why Pakistani PM Imran Khan wants a second term for Modi. pic.twitter.com/wylzPXqK1A
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) May 13, 2019
— MANJUL (@MANJULtoons) May 13, 2019
Modi ji didn't stop at giving ideas to army about about how to escape radars during cloudy day,
— India's Divider In-Chief (@TrickyVoter) May 12, 2019
— Rofl Bhakt Divider in chief (@RoflBhakt_) May 12, 2019
Our beloved Prime Minister @narendramodi Ji and his intelligence?
— Manas choudhury (@ManasCOfficial) May 13, 2019