Indian Diplomats Upset with Punjab CM Mann after His BMW Claim Turns Turtle

The diplomats within the exterior affairs ministry are upset over the gaffe by Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann throughout his Germany go to when he introduced that auto big BMW had determined to arrange a brand new manufacturing plant in his state.

Authorities sources advised News18 that the incident had left the diplomats “very embarrassed” and had “damage the credibility” of the nation and Indian diplomacy overseas. Mann’s assertion was denied by the BMW Group quickly after.

‘Exaggerated, unwarranted’

“Such exaggerated and unwarranted claims have been inadvisable. The CM was representing the nation overseas and our diplomats had organized the assembly (with BMW). Now, the blowback of this gaffe involves the diplomats. It hurts the credibility of the nation and authorities,” a supply mentioned.

Sources in reality cited one other such incident final 12 months when Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed {that a} Singapore variant of Covid was dangerous for youngsters, which led to Singapore lodging an indignant protest with the exterior affairs ministry and India’s excessive commissioner there was summoned. Exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar was constrained then to make clear that “the Delhi CM doesn’t communicate for India”. A supply mentioned that the Mann episode was in reality the second time a chief mnister had embarrassed the nation overseas.

Mann’s fake pas

The BMW Group in India launched a press release on Wednesday saying it had no plans for organising extra manufacturing operations in Punjab. “The BMW Group is firmly dedicated to its Indian operations with its manufacturing plant in Chennai, a components warehouse in Pune, a coaching centre in Gurgaon NCR and a well-developed vendor community throughout main metropolitans of the nation. BMW Group India has no plans for organising extra manufacturing operations in Punjab,” said a press launch issued by BMW Group India.

This was after the Punjab authorities had introduced that the corporate had agreed to arrange its auto half manufacturing unit within the state. “The efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to rope in main investments from Germany bore fruit on Tuesday as main auto big BMW agreed to arrange its auto half manufacturing unit within the state,” said the federal government press launch.

On Thursday, the Aam Aadmi Social gathering tried to supply a relatively unconvincing justification saying that the top workplace of an organization (BMW) and the nation workplace are completely different and Mann had met the officers of BMW at their head workplace in Germany. AAP nonetheless claims that BMW of their head workplace in Germany evinced curiosity in organising a plant in Punjab after a suggestion for a similar was given by the chief minister.

Nevertheless, BMW’s flat denial of any such settlement has left Indian diplomacy deeply embarrassed.

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