New Delhi, August 12: HD Kumaraswamy-led Karnataka government came down heavily on Centre after it was reported that Defence Ministry is planning to shift Aero India, a biennial air show and aviation exhibition held in Bengaluru to Lucknow. Reacting strongly to the issue, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said,”We have been India’s defence hub since Independence, but under the NDA, we are constantly losing key defense projects and flagship programs.” He also asked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to clarify her stand on the matter.

Notably, Parameshwara’s remarks came after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday urged Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to shift the venue of Aero India as it would benefit the defence production in the 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.

There are reports that the biennial event, which was last held in Bengaluru in February 2017, would now be held in October-November this year in Lucknow. However, the Defence Ministry has not yet made any formal announcement in this regard.

If this happens, it will be the first time that the event will be hosted outside Bengaluru since its inception in 1996.

(With inputs from agencies)