In an apparent swipe at senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday in Rajasthan said that Mangalyaan, Chandrayaan & Suryayaan were successfully launched, but ‘Rahul Yaan’ hasn’t been able to be launched for the last twenty years. Rajnath Singh made the comment in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Rajnath Singh said “In a country where successful launching and landing of Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan is taking place, Congress’ “Rahul Yaan” has not been launched for the last twenty years.”
The Defence Minister also praised the Indian scientists for the recent successful launch of ‘Chandrayaan-3’.
“No one had ever doubted the capabilities and talent of the Indian Army and Indian scientists. I believe India took the same leap with the success of Chandrayaan 3 on August 23, 2023 that it took in 1998 when it conducted a successful nuclear test,” Rajnath Singh said.
Rajnath also targeted the Congress Party for raising questions on India’s space mission.
“Today India has reached the Moon and Mars and the entire country has successfully launched Aditya Dal-1. Even this time the landing of Chandrayaan took place, even then the Congress tried to raise questions in a subdued voice, but when it saw the mood of the country, it remained silent,” he said.
Before flagging off the ‘Parivartan Sankalp Yatra’, Rajnath offered prayers at Ramdevra Temple in Jaisalmer. Ramdevra temple is sacred to the folk deity of Rajasthan, Baba Ramdevji. The temple marks the eternal resting place of Baba Ramdevji, a saint of the 14th century who Hindus regard as the incarnation of Lord Krishna, while Muslims venerate him as Ramshah Pir.
“I feel happy to be present among you on the sacred land of Ramdevra, the land where an incarnate man like Baba Ramdev took samadhi. This area of Jaisalmer holds a special place in my heart because this entire area is not only a desert land, but it is also the land of heroes and Tapobhoomi as well as the atomic land of India. The land of Pokhran, located nearby, has witnessed not one but five nuclear tests,” the Defence minister said.
*With Agency Inputs
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Updated: 04 Sep 2023, 05:12 PM IST