Speaking at the award ceremony for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said a “pilot project” just got over and the “real one” was still to be done because it was “practice” earlier.
Modi told the gathering of scientists, “You spend your life in laboratories. There is a tradition of conducting a pilot project first. And after the pilot project, it is made scalable. A pilot project has just been done. Now the real one has to be done, it was practice earlier. And the real is to actually give a standing ovation to today’s award winners. We will will give a standing ovation”
Prime Minister’s remarks were an apparent reference to the recent air strike by the Indian Air Force. These remarks of the Prime Minister were later tweeted by the BJP as well.
Modi’s remarks came as news broke about Wing Commander Varthaman Abhinandan‘s release on Friday by Pakistan. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a joint session of the National Assembly said that the IAF pilot will be freed ‘as a peace gesture’.
Varthaman was captured by the Pakistani army on Wednesday after his MiG was shot down and fell in Pakistan occupied Kashmir territory.