Congress congratulates ISRO for 'Chandrayaan' launch

The Congress on Monday congratulated space agency ISRO for the successful launch of its second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2'.

The party also remembered India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's initiative to set up the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and former PM Manmohan Singh for sanctioning the project in 2008.

India on Monday successfully launched Chandrayaan-2 on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the Sriharikota spaceport to explore the unchartered south pole of the moon by landing a rover.

"Congratulations Team ISRO for the successful launch of Chandrayaan2," the Congress tweeted after the launch.

Party chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala expressed his gratitude to all the scientists and space engineers at ISRO, saying they have toiled day and night to make 130 crore Indians proud.

"This is a good time to remember the visionary move of India's first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to fund space research through INCOSPAR in 1962 which later became ISRO. And also Dr Manmohan Singh for sanctioning the Chandrayan 2 project in 2008," the Congress said.