Congress has fought the BJP over Water, Border (read land) and now they are the battle has gone aerial, both figuratively and literally!
The bone of contention this time around is the Aero India 2019. The biennial event has been held in Yelahanka Air Station for the last 22 years. But several media outlets have reported that the Defence Ministry is mulling over the idea of shifting the location of this show. Sources suggest Lucknow’s Bakshi Ka Talab Airforce Station could be the next destination for this Aero Show. This has infuriated the Congress who are reportedly extremely upset with the development.
Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao wrote a letter to the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claiming that the move was akin to the other ‘ill-guided policies’ of the Central Government and could hurt the state’s Defence and Aviation sector. He also questioned Nirmala Sitharaman’s contribution to the state given she was a representative of the state in the Upper House. Surprisingly local leaders of the opposition have not taken a stand on this issue.
Couple of days back on her visit to the state of Karnataka, the Defence Minister had stated the final call on this issue would be taken soon as her ministry was yet to take the final call.
On the other hand several defence experts are of the opinion that Lucknow Air Base is not capable of holding a show of this caliber. The air base is reportedly smaller than that in Bengaluru.
But most Bengalureans are upset by this news. Aero India has been associated with this cities culture. If the show is shift it could hurt the sentiments of many & several are now crossing their fingers hoping this doesn’t happen.