Gandhinagar: A much visible face – that of Anil Ambani – will be missed at the inaugural function of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature event since his chief ministerial days — the bi-annual Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which begins on Friday. His name does not figure in the list of 19 corporate czars invited to the summit, which is to be presided over by the Prime Minister.
Curiously, Ambani’s name is conspicuous by its absence in the very list of Gujarat government’s invitees. Whether this was due to the controversy surrounding the Rafale aircraft deal, or because of the downturn in his company’s fortunes, could not be ascertained. However an unrelated remark by chief minister Vijay Rupani’s principal secretary, Manoj Das, that all care has been taken to avoid business leaders who could distract from the positive business environment sought to be fostered by the summit, is seen as an indicator.
Among the 19 industrialists and CEOs who have confirmed their presence at the summit are Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries; N.Chandrasekaran, chairman, Tata Sons; Gautam Adani, chairman, Adani group; Kumarmangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla group; Adi Godrej, chairman, Godrej Group; Deepak Parekh, chairman, HDFC; Uday Kotak, CEO, Kotak Mahindra Bank; Pankaj Patel, chairman, Cadila Healthcare; Tulsi Tanti, chairman Suzlon; Sudhir Mehta, chairman,n Torrent group; Baba Kalyani, chairman, Baba Kalyani; Rajiv Modi, chairman, Cadila Phrma; Sanjeev Puri, MD, ITC; Rakesh Mittal,vice chairman, Bharti enterprises; etc.
Interestingly, Dassault Aviation, the manufacturing company for Rafale fighter jets is also missing from the special plenary meet on ”opportunities in defence and aerospace” slated to be held on January 18, as part of the summit and to be addressed by union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Airbus group and Lockheed Martin are likely to be represented though.