Indian diplomats upset with Punjab CM's false claim on BMW setting manufacturing plant
Darpan News Desk IANS, 15 Sep, 2022 12:53 PM
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The diplomats in the External Affairs Ministry in India and the abroad are upset with the claims made by the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann about setting up of a new manufacturing plant by leading auto giant BMW in Punjab which was later refuted by the latter.
According to a source with the Ministry, the diplomats see it as a question of credibility and said that such tall claims should be avoided as it hurts the credibility of the country and the government too. The source said that it has left the diplomats embarrassed.
During Mann's visit to Germany, the Indian diplomats had arranged a meeting. However, after that he announced that BMW had decided to set up a new manufacturing plant in his state.
"The efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to rope in major investments from Germany bore fruit on Tuesday as leading auto giant BMW agreed to set up its auto part manufacturing unit in the state," said a statement from government.
However, releasing an official statement, the BMW Group denied such plan on Wednesday.
"The BMW Group is firmly committed to its Indian operations with its manufacturing plant in Chennai, a parts warehouse in Pune, a training centre in Gurgaon-NCR and a well-developed dealer network across major metropolitans of the country. BMW Group India has no plans for setting up additional manufacturing operations in Punjab," the statement added.
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