Jodhpur: The visit of young MPs, including
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, to Pokhran firing range to
witness a war excercise on December 2 has been cancelled,
defence ministry officials said.
The visit had been planned by the army to give an
exposure to the young legislators to the capabilities and
strengths of the force by showcasing the Army`s prowess in
The visit was approved by the defence ministry according
to which some of the law makers including Rahul, BJP`s
Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi, Congress`s Naveen Jindal and
Meenakshi Natarajan, Jayant Chaudhary (RLD), Akhilesh Yadav
(SP) and BJD`s Kalikesh Singh Deo were to witness the ongoing
`Sudarshan Shakti` on December 2.
President Prathibha Patil and Defence Minister AK Antony
would witness the war game exercise near Indo-Pak border on
December 5 in Barmer.
Bhopal-based 21 Sudharshan Chakra Corps in collaboration
with Jodhpur-based 12 Corps is holding the exercise that will
last till mid-December.