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Chidambaram jabs PM Modi as Elon Musk cancels India trip but visits China

Apr 29, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Congress leader Chidambaram criticises PM Modi as Elon Musk visits China instead of India, discusses self-driven car plans with Chinese PM.

Congress leader P. Chidambaram attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as Tesla chief Elon Musk, who ditched his planned India visit, instead made a surprise visit to China.

Congress leader P Chidambaram. (ANI)
Congress leader P Chidambaram. (ANI)

"Elon Musk deferred visit to India citing ‘Tesla obligations’ Within days, he visited China and held talks with PM of China and discussed bringing his new Self-driven car to China," the former fiannce minister said.

“Hon'ble PM of India privately fumes and publicly claims that the Indian government is a majboot Sarkar,” Chidamabaram said.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, was scheduled to visit India this month to unveil several investment proposals, postponed his trip, which included a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, due to "very heavy Tesla obligations."

Recent months hinted at strengthening ties between Tesla and India, fueling expectations of a potential $2 billion investment in an EV plant.

Additionally, the government decided to reduce import taxes on vehicles from foreign carmakers who promise local manufacturing investment.

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However, any formal announcement regarding these developments has been delayed.

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Musk, however, on Sunday met with top government leaders in the Chinese capital, including premier Li Qia. His quick visit to China resulted in Tesla Inc. receiving in-principle approval from government officials to deploy its driver-assistance system in the world's largest auto market.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers and the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Centre of China published a list of 76 models of intelligent connected vehicles, including Tesla's, meeting the country's auto data security requirements.

This marks Musk's second visit to China, Tesla's second-largest market. The Shanghai factory, operational since 2019, delivered 947,000 vehicles last year, a 33% increase from 2022.

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