Tesla CEO Elon Musk has begun following India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter, sending netizens going into a frenzy trying to guess if the development hints at a larger move in the offing.
What Happened? The Twitter account “Elon Alerts” which tracks Musk’s account activities, alerted that Elon Musk now follows Narendra Modi on the very platform he leads.
Benzinga independentally confirmed that Musk now follows Modi on Twitter.
While the move doesn’t suggest anything else at the moment, the development does arrive on the back of heavy criticism directed towards Twitter for bowing to government pressure in India by blocking scores of prominent journalists, politicians and activists.
The duo had met each other in person for the first time back in 2015 when PM Modi visited San Jose during an official visit to the United States and was shown around the Tesla factory to understand the benefits of rechargeable batteries.
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A Reuters report from January also reveals that talks between Tesla and India over potential tax benefits have reached a deadlock with the government not interested in providing any breaks to the company without a pledge to manufacture locally.
Tesla’s billionaire CEO has been lobbying officials in New Delhi for almost a year to lower tariffs, which he claims are among the highest in the world. The company is eager to import and sell its electric vehicles in India.
With over 87 million followers, PM Modi is one of the most followed leaders on Twitter, while the Twitter owner’s tweets garner more than 134 million eyes.
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