In Defence of the Defence Expo 2016

Please watch this video to understand the issue.

Hundreds of protesters backed by prominent politicians of Goa opposed the holding of Defence Expo at Betul in south Goa which is scheduled to take place in a few days, but the government maintained it’s stance and is making the event happen at the venue of their choice.

In this short documentary, legislators Vijai Sardesai and Rohan Khaunte explain why they think the Defence Expo shouldn’t take place at Betul and Goa’s Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar defends the government’s decision to stick with the venue.

Live Analysis of Opposition and Government’s Takes

Figures opposing the Defexpo 2016: Vijai Sardesai, MLA, Fatorda

Figures defending the Defexpo 2016: Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister of Goa

Statements of Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar — Valuation of the statements

  1. 70 Countries Participating– To be updated
  2. 800 Companies Participating — To be updated
  3. 50,000 Footfall Expected — To be updated on 2/4/2016
  4. Locals will do good business — Approximately 100 gawkers already seen outside the venue. Figures do be updated on a daily basis after speaking to them.
  5. After 4 days of event completion, Defence structures will be removed — To be updated on 2/4/2016

Statements of MLA Vijai Sardesai — Valuation of the statements

  1. Land being taken permanently as per RTI Reports — Since there is no firsthand RTI report readily available at our disposal at the moment, we can simply take a call on this on 3/4/2016
  2. Land will be converted into Air Force Station — This is something we will need to wait and see, but we won’t leave it hanging. Update on 5/4/2016
  3. Locals were not taken into consideration — Mixed response so far, four locals we spoke to were against the event while four others were looking forward to it since it brings them more bread-winning opportunities. We will quantify further during the event in the coming days.
This video has been brought to you in association with RDX Goa (, a cable news channel with deep-rooted penetration in Goa.

Originally published at on March 3, 2016.

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