Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his Cabinet Minister son Aaditya are eager to convince Tesla to start operations in the State. This came in after the electric auto-maker Tesla opened a fully-owned subsidiary with its office in Bengaluru.
Aaditya, who is the minister of environment and climate change, held a video conference with the Tesla team in October last year. He, along with Industry Minister Subhash Desai invited Tesla to Maharashtra. Aaditya mentioned about wanting to push the electric mobility and sustainability in Maharashtra along with the investments. The Chief Minister has also been talking to various international players inviting them to invest in Maharashtra.
We are firmly committed to policy building and changes for sustainable development and I personally believe that electric mobility, supported by renewable energy is the way ahead. Let’s hope we can help this thought become mainstream soon
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) October 22, 2020
The State officials continued talks with Tesla, however, the company opening its office in Bengaluru has put the Thackerays in a tight spot.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief, Raj Thackeray has reprimanded Aditya for failing to convince the company to start operations in Maharashtra. The opposition parties also targetted the Thackerays saying that they have failed to keep their word.
According to the state reports, the government will continue to have a dialogue with Tesla following that the company is still keen to have operations in other states besides Karnataka.