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‘INDIA bloc PM will welcome Elon Musk soon’: Congress takes swipe at PM Modi government as Tesla CEO postpones trip

Musk on Saturday said his proposed visit to India has been postponed due to ‘very heavy Tesla obligations’.

FILE PHOTO: Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk gestures, as he attends political festival Atreju organised by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia) right-wing party, in Rome, Italy, December 16, 2023. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo (REUTERS)Premium
FILE PHOTO: Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk gestures, as he attends political festival Atreju organised by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia) right-wing party, in Rome, Italy, December 16, 2023. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo (REUTERS)

Hours after Tesla founder postponed his India visit, citing ‘very heavy Tesla obligations’, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh Saturday took a swipe at the Narendra Modi government , reported news agency PTI on Saturday, adding he too has now read the ‘writing on the wall’.

Taking to X, Ramesh wrote, “It was odd that @elonmusk was coming all the way to India to meet an outgoing prime minister. He too has now read the writing on the wall and decided to put off his visit."

Apart from this, Ramesh said an INDIA bloc prime minister will welcome Musk soon.

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He added, “The INDIA government will promote electric vehicles even more aggressively – I myself am a user of one!"

Earlier, Musk was expected to be in India on April 21-22 and scheduled to meet Modi. He took to X and wrote that he is looking forward to coming to India later this year.

"Unfortunately, very heavy Tesla obligations require that the visit to India be delayed but I do very much look forward to visiting later this year," Musk wrote, which indicated that this could be reason that he needed to attend Tesla's earnings call on April 23.

In April, Musk had confirmed his visit to India. He took to X, and wrote, "Looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister @NarendraModi in India."

Meanwhile, another report surfaced that his firm's vice president of public policy and business development exited Tesla on 15 April. Also, vice president of powertrain and energy engineering – Drew Baglino – too left the firm. They both announced about their exit on X and were thanked by Elon Musk.

According to a Reuters report of 2023, Patel was in New Delhi to meet officials from the Invest India agency to discuss Tesla's plan. He, along with other Tesla representatives were expected to meet commerce minister Piyush Goyal and were to discuss on setting up an EV supply chain and land allotment for a factory.

With agency inputs. 

 

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Published: 20 Apr 2024, 05:54 PM IST
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