PM Modi’s Mission Shakti Address Not a Violation of MCC, Says EC

An anti-satellite weapon A-SAT, successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit

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A screengrab from the simulation video of Mission Shakti.
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The Election Commission of India on Friday, 29 March, ruled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mission Shakti address was not a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

The decision was taken by a committee of officers who found that “the MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media” is not applicable in this case.

“It is clear that Doordarshan has only used the feed provided by ANI. The All India Radio has taken audio output as broadcast by Doordarshan News for dissemination over All India Radio network,” the statement from the EC read.

Click here to know everything about India’s Mission Shakti.

Here’s how India’s A-SAT missile works:

Snapshot
  • The US has said it has taken note of India’s anti-satellite missile test, but expressed concern over the issue of space debris
  • PM Modi asserted that ‘Mission Shakti’ is not against any nation and does not violate any international treaties or laws
  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi lauded the DRDO while wishing PM Modi ‘Happy World Theatre Day’
  • Congress, while congratulating ISRO, DRDO and the government, credited former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi for the development of India’s Space Programme
  • Opposition leaders Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee accused Modi of ‘publicity mongering’ over DRDO’s achievements

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