Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trolled for his comment that ‘the cloud cover can help jets escape radar’.
The Prime Minister’s blunder was part of a video in which PM talking to Indian TV channel News Nation. In his talk, which goes viral on Twitter, he said that his decisive ‘go ahead’ prior to the Balakot strike was based on the presumption that clouds and rain would help Indian jets escape radar detection.
Modi said: “The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds... heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can go in the clouds.”
"We were weighing crucial aspects. Experts were re-thinking the airstrike due to bad weather, but then I said so much cloud cover and rains could be beneficial. We can escape their radar. This was my raw wisdom. I said there could be a benefit. Then I said, there's cloud cover, please go ahead," he said.
In a blistering attack, Congress leader Salman Soz said: “On PM Modi’s radar and 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!”
CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Modi’s words were “truly shameful” because they “insult our Air Force as being ignorant and unprofessional”.
In a tweet Congress spokeswoman, @drshamamohd said: “PM #Modi risked the lives of our IAF pilots by authorising airstrikes in bad weather because he believes radars can’t detect planes in cloud cover. Would you vote for a man who compares our armed forces to playing video games?”
Earlier, the prime minister's statement from the interview was shared by the official Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and BJP Gujarat Twitter pages. When it became controversy, they later deleted the tweets.