Mamata makes U-turn, hails Chandrayaan-2 mission

Mamata Banerjee earlier said that the Chandrayaan-2 mission is an attempt to divert economic disaster. (PTI photo)

A day after alleging that the BJP government at the Centre was using the Chandrayaan II missing as ploy to divert public attention from the ongoing economic crisis, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday lauded Isro's efforts.

In a series of tweets, Mamata not only expressed support for Isro scientists but also praised them for giving a “befitting tribute” to the vision of the founding forefathers of the country, securing its place alongside scientifically advanced nations.

"We are proud of our scientists. The @isro team worked hard for #Chandrayaan2 . A befitting tribute to our founding fathers who envisioned India’s place in the league of scientifically advanced nations far ahead of their times,” Mamata tweeted.

Expressing her “gratitude” to the scientists at Isro, the chief minister also said that she is confident that they will continue to make the county proud.

“A testimony to the scientific temper they ingrained in us, and their unmatched caliber and dedication. My sincere gratitude and congratulations to @isro . We are all with you. May you continue to make us proud,” she tweeted.

Her comments come a day after she accused the BJP government of trying to take credit for Isro’s achievements. She further alleged that BJP was trying to use the the Chandrayaan II mission as a means to divert attention from the prevailing economic crisis in the country.

Addressing the State Assembly on Friday, Mamata also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for going to the Isro headquarters in Bengaluru on the eve of the attempted lunar landing.

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