In a major jolt to the Punjab government, BMW on Wednesday, announced that it has no plans to establish more manufacturing plants in Punjab. This comes a day after the Punjab government asserted that BMW had decided to locate its auto part production plant in Punjab.
A decision to this effect was made, according to a Punjab government press statement, during Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s Tuesday visit to the BMW headquarters in Germany. Meanwhile, it’s seen as an embarrassment for Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, who is on a tour to Germany, to attract industrial investments in Punjab.
On the other hand, this matter has given an opportunity to the opposition parties to question the working of CM Bhagwant Mann as well as the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab. Furthermore, bringing investment and industrialisation in the state was one of the major promises of the AAP during the elections.
The BMW Group has a production unit in Chennai, a parts warehouse in Pune, a training facility in Gurgaon NCR, and a well-established dealer network spread throughout the country’s major metropolises, according to a company statement released on Wednesday.
According to a statement from the firm, Gurgaon (National Capital Region) is home to the headquarters of BMW India and BMW India Financial Services, both of which are wholly owned subsidiaries of the BMW Group.
BJP spokesperson Tarun Chugh said, “The Bhagwant Mann government frequently makes false claims, and this development was no exception. He has travelled privately to Germany rather than looking for new investments in Punjab.”
Similarly, senior Congressman and leader of opposition Partap Singh Bajwa questioned CM Bhagwant Mann. Furthermore, Congress leader Sukhpal Khaira also slammed CM Bhagwant Mann. Likewise, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Daljit Singh Cheema asked chief minister Bhagwant Mann to bring all facts on record.