BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has called for boycotting Chinese good as a mark of protest against the eastern neighbour that blocked a bid to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations.
Beijing’s move on Saturday to extend the “technical hold” imposed in April came a day before it was to lapse, giving Azhar – an accused in the Pathankot Indian Air Force base attack in January – another six-month breather.
“Buying Chinese product is an indirect support to a terrorist country,” Vijayvargiya wrote on Twitter amid the growing tension between India and Pakistan following the terror attack at an Indian Army base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.
In a series of tweets using a hashtag “BoycottChina”, the BJP leader said Pakistan has China’s support and extending any economic support to the eastern neighbour was akin to weakening the country’s internal security.
“Saddened” with Chinese good flooding the Durga Puja market in Kolkata, Vijayvargiya asked Indians to take a pledge that they will neither buy nor promote Chinese goods.
“Appeal to traders: No matter how cheap Chinese goods are, country’s security and prestige are more important that profit,” he said in another tweet.
The BJP politician from Madhya Pradesh said India was trying hard to isolate Pakistan but it was being consistently backed by China and it was time that Indians should stop buying Chinese product as a mark of protest.
Known for courting controversy through his tweets and public statements, the BJP leader said “India comes first” before anything.
China’s decision brings into focus its stand on terrorism, on which, it has repeatedly said the West has “double standards”.
Though Beijing argued on Saturday – as before in April – that its decision was based on facts and procedures, the latest step brings into focus the close ties between China and Pakistan, who consider each other “all-weather allies”.
The decision comes within days of the first ever counter-terrorism and security meet between China and India held in Beijing. It could also cast a shadow on the BRICS summit to be held in Goa later this month where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping will meet.
This decision coupled with China’s role in blocking India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) bid earlier this year will continue to hamper bilateral ties.