HD Kumaraswamy, Karnataka’s former chief minister, on Thursday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had brought “bad luck” when he stepped into the Bengaluru premises of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
According to NDTV, he said that this was the reason behind scientists losing contact with Chandrayaan 2’s Vikram Lander.
“PM came to Bengaluru to give a message that he himself was landing Chandrayaan 2, scientists worked hard for 10-12 years, he came just for sake of advertisement. Once he stepped in ISRO Centre, I think it became bad luck for scientists,” he was quoted as saying.
Modi specially flew down to ISRO’s space centre in Bengaluru on September 7 to watch the much-anticipated post-midnight Moon landing.
The Lander, however, failed to perform a soft landing and subsequently the scientists lost contact with it.
The ISRO scientists have been trying to establish communication with the lander since after confirming its location on the lunar surface.
ISRO chief K Sivan said that Chandrayaan 2’s orbiter module has clicked a thermal image of the lander.
PM Modi lauded ISRO’s efforts at coming close to achieving a historic feat.
According to former #Karnataka CM @hd_kumaraswamy…@narendramodi had come to #ISRO #Bengaluru to take the credit of #chandrayaan2’s successful soft landing on the Moon, but his presence proved to be bad luck for the mission. pic.twitter.com/awNuGGwSyV
— Sandeep Dhar (@sandeepdhar10) September 12, 2019