The next Defence Expo will be hosted by Gujarat
in 2022. This was announced by chief minister vijay Rupani in Kevadia on
Thursday after the Gujarat government signed an MoU to this effect with
ministry of defence in presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh.
Rupani said that the 4-day expo will be held
between March 10 and 13 in Gandhinagar next year. While the seminars will be
held at Mahatma Mandir, the helipad exhibition centre will serve as the
exhibition site for the expo.
“We have good infrastructure for defence
equipment production in the state. The Dholera SIR may become a hub for defence
equipment production units. Apart from having a big runway and airport, it also
has enough land for weapon trial and testing range,” Rupani said.
Singh said that plans are afoot to host even
the defence ministers’ conclave in the state.
Singh and Rupani were in Kevadia to attend a
meeting of Gujarat BJP’s state executive that was presided over by state unit
chief C R Paatil. Along with the key leaders all the party MLAs, MPs, members
of executive committee, party’s state office-bearers and presidents of district
and city units attended the meet.
This is for the first time the Gujarat BJP has
organised a ‘paperless state executive’ meeting, wherein invitees have been
given tablets with all the required information and links related to the event.