Sonia lauds scientists, says Agni-V launch has made India proud - The Times of India NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has congratulated the team of scientists responsible for the successful launch of Agni V, saying the achievement has done India proud. "I am writing to you on behalf of my party and UPA to congratulate you, your scientists and staff for the successful launch of Agni V. This is a significant accomplishment that the country can be proud of," Sonia wrote to Defence Research and Development Organisation chief V K Saraswat. At the regular party briefing on Friday, Congress said the launch of Agni V was a result of UPA's decisive leadership on the strategic front and pointed to the success to question the opposition charge of 'policy paralysis' at the Centre(what a logic??) A day after the successful test, Congress sought to claim authorship of the country's missile programme. "The success of our space missile and strategic programme is a glowing testimonial to the foundations of self-reliance which was laid by the Congress leadership and specifically by the prime ministers in the 1970s and 1980s," party spokesman Manish Tewari said. The comment was an attempt to talk up good news at a time when Congress is wracked by scams and electoral setbacks. The slowing down of reforms and a freeze on big policy decisions has put Congress on the defensive. :taunt1::taunt1: The spokesman said the missile test, while representing the technical prowess of India, underscored the political will of UPA to expand its strategic parameters while building friendly bridges across the world. Tewari attacked the opposition for trying to whip up a negative perception about the Centre. "India's problem is not with the world. Today, our problem is within, it is with the forces of negativism, it is with the forces of reaction which, motivated by political opportunism, are hell bent upon trying to spread canards, insinuations and mislead the people," he said.