Another Bizarre Claim : Congress accuses Modi Govt of reducing Agni-V ICBM range by 500km

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Another Bizarre Claim : Congress accuses Modi Govt of reducing Agn-V ICBM range by 500km
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Sevadal twitter handle accused Modi Govt of reducing Agni-V ICBM range by 500 km from the earlier range of 5,500km when it was first tested in UPA Govt rule in 2012

After India on Wednesday successfully test-fired surface-to-surface strategic missile Agni-5, the Congress alleged that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government reduced the missile range by 500 km. In a tweet, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Sevadal said that Agni-5 was first successfully test-fired on 19 April 2012 with a strike range of 5500 km.

Modi government reduced its range by 500 km, it alleged. 

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Sevadal tweet, which was deleted later after controversies and criticism

The test-firing of the nuclear-capable missile was carried out around 7:50 pm from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. While the grand old party went ahead with its accusation of range reduction, BJP leaders hailed the successful launch.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan lauded Narendra Modi saying India under the PM is emerging stronger and more confident.

“Our armament is to maintain peace in the region while securing Indian interests and safeguarding our borders. Kudos to our scientists & engineers at @DRDO_India for developing more sophisticated #AGNI5. Nation under PM @narendramodi Ji is emerging stronger and more confident,” he said in a tweet.

MoS Home Harsh Sanghvi said that India has become self-reliant in the missile sector.

“Another feather added in India’s growth & development as India test-fires surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5, capable of striking targets at ranges up to 5K km,” he said.

The Agni 5 project is aimed at enhancing India’s nuclear deterrence against China.

Issuing a brief statement, the defence ministry said that the successful test of Agni-5 is in line with India’s stated policy to have credible minimum deterrence that underpins the commitment to ‘No First Use’.

The successful test-firing of the missile comes amid the ongoing border standoff between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The missile has a height of 17 metres and it is capable of carrying a 1.5-tonne warhead.

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