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Karnataka asks Centre to clarify stand amid reports that Aero India may be shifted

Press Trust of India  |  Aligarh/ Bengaluru 

Amid reports of the planning to shift the venue of India, the country's biennial air show and aviation exhibition, from to Lucknow, today asked the Centre to clarify its stand on the matter.

A miffed Deputy G Parameshwara said under the NDA regime, the state was losing key defence projects to other states.

His remarks came after Uttar Pradesh today urged Defence to shift the venue of as it would benefit the defence production in the state.

There are reports that the biennial event, which was last held in in February 2017, would now be held in October-November this year in However, the 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 since its inception in 1996. The neighbouring states of and Rajasthan, along with Chhattisgarh, will go to polls during the same time.

It will also be one of the big events in the politically crucial state before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Adityanath was speaking at an event in where an announcement of a defence corridor encompassing the Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, and corridor was made.

Sitharaman, her deputy in the ministry, Subhash Bhamre, Minister and senior officials of the and the were present at the event.

"I request the to hold the 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," Adityanath said.

Reacting strongly to this, Parameshwara tweeted, "Reports of #AeroIndia being moved out of Bengaluru are very unfortunate. We have been India's 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.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 23:55 IST