Amid speculation that aerospace exposition Aero India will be moved from Bengaluru to Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday made a formal request to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to host the next edition of the show in that state.
“I request the defence minister to hold the Aero India show in Uttar Pradesh. We will provide every type of facility. In this context, I request her to announce this at the earliest so that we can proceed with the preparations,” UP CM Adityanath had said, while speaking at an event in Aligarh where an announcement of a defence corridor encompassing the Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Jhansi and Chitrakoot corridor was made.
BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekar said that other states “should also be given a chance”.
“May be we should give other states a chance too. I would request the government to organise some other event that Bengaluru can host alternatively. Congress is raking up this issue but when Nirmala Sitharaman was here last week, she said that no decision has been taken yet,” said Chandrashekar.
Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameshwara asked minister Nirmala Sitharaman to clarify her stand on the same.
Reports of #AeroIndia being moved out of Bengaluru are very unfortunate.
We have been India's Defence Hub since Independence, but under the NDA we are constantly losing key defense projects and flagship programs.
I request @nsitharaman to clarify her stand on the issue.
— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) August 11, 2018