The plan to shift Aero India outside Bengaluru to Uttar Pradesh is escalating into a big issue in Karnataka. Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has decided not to remain quiet in order to save Bengaluru’s pride. On Monday, he wrote an official letter to the PM and tweeted about it.
He also writes that, “Bengaluru with its past experience in conducting the show successfully, with its beautiful weather conditions and favourably located defence and aviation industries would be the best choice to conduct the Aero India Show.”
He further states that as the CM, he will ensure the best possible assistance by Team Karnataka. Kumaraswamy has further written to the Defence Minister as well and sent copies to all MPs representing Karnataka in Parliament.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Council also discussed the shifting of Aero India to Lucknow in UP. Mayor Sampath Raj told India Today it was a unanimous decision to write to the Union Defence Minister on keeping the premier aero show in Bengaluru. He said it is a national image and “The BBMP is ready to give all facilities to keep it in Bengaluru itself”.
A signature campaign was conducted by members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) at Mount Carmel’s college to condemn the Defence Ministry’s possible plan to shift Aero India out of the city. According to them, this aero show has brought global recognition to Bengaluru.
There is mounting pressure from all over the country against reported shifting of #AeroIndia from Bengaluru. #AeroIndia is a part of Brand Bengaluru. I request central govt to desist from making any such move. @narendramodi @nsitharaman @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/E9WBMCHKXP
CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) August 13, 2018
The BJP which was mum on the issue till now asserted that they collectively will fight to keep Aero India in Bengaluru itself. BS Yeddyurappa, leader of opposition in the state assembly said that all BJP MPs will not allow the aero show to leave this city but he lambasted Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara and Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar saying, “They are in a responsible position and should not comment before any final decision is taken.”
He said this because both the Congress ministers had taken on Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the plans to shift Aero India out of Bengaluru.
Likewise, Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar told India Today that the BJP had a core committee meeting and their position is very clear, “Aero India was born in Bengaluru, must stay in Bengaluru and must grow in Bengaluru.”
He says that while other cities are free to have their versions of the aero show, Bengaluru is the capital of aerospace and aeronautics in this country. “We deserve Aero India to be in Bengaluru and this is what we are going to fight for,” he added.
PC Mohan, MP Bangalore Central is confident that Union Defence Minister Sitharaman will listen to their pleas as she is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka.