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‘Total boycott’: RSS affiliate up in arms against Chinese goods

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the the Sangh Parivar’s economic wing, which will launch the agitation on August 9 Kranti Diwas, has sought prohibition on any new venture or allowing Chinese firms setting up manufacturing facilities in the backdrop of border standoff.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2017 23:49 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch is observing 2017 as ‘anti-China year’, and claims it has so far got around ‘one crore people’ to pledge that they would boycott Chinese products.
The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch is observing 2017 as ‘anti-China year’, and claims it has so far got around ‘one crore people’ to pledge that they would boycott Chinese products. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT File)

Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, has decided to lead a massive agitation against Chinese products beginning August 9 — on the occasion of Kranti Diwas, which marks the Quit India movement.

With its demand for a “total boycott” of foreign manufactured goods, the Sangh Parivar’s economic wing will attempt to tap into the bitter border tussle currently on between India and China over the Doklam issue.

Ajay Patki, the organisation’s national ideologue, on Monday said the government should scrap all contracts with Chinese companies who are setting up manufacturing units in India, including one in Nagpur, to cater to the Metro railway projects.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the manch has sought prohibition on any new venture or allowing Chinese firms setting up manufacturing facilities here in light of the “continued transgression and intimidating activities at the border.”

The SJM is observing 2017 as “anti-China year”, and claims it has so far got around “one crore people” to pledge that they would boycott Chinese products.

Patki believes the presence of Chinese firms is causing millions of small businesses to shut operations, resulting in massive unemployment among the country’s youth population.

The MG Motors India Ltd, the newly-formed subsidiary of China’s largest automaker SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, is aiming to enter the Indian markets by taking over General Motors India’s manufacturing facility in Halol, Gujarat, from where it looks to launch its iconic MG (Morris Garages) brand vehicles by 2019.

In Nagpur, China Railway Rolling Corporation proposes to invest Rs 1,500 crore for the establishment of rolling stock manufacturing unit at Butibori industrial estate. The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation will provide 150-200 acres of land for the proposed unit.

The CRRC has already bagged a contract for the supply of 69 coaches to the Nagpur Metro with the lowest bid of Rs 851 crore.