Members of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) burn Chinese goods in Karol Bagh to protest against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in clashes with the Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley last week.
The protesting traders led by CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal were briefly detained by the police and taken to the Karol Bagh Police Station.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Khandelwal said, "We have decided to decrease imports of Chinese goods worth Rs 1 lakh crores by December 2021."
Delhi: Members of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) burn Chinese goods in Karol Bagh to protest against #GalwanValleyClash. "We have decided to decrease imports of Chinese goods worth Rs 1 lakh crores by December 2021," says CAIT General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal. pic.twitter.com/EzWG81pnle— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2020
The trader's body claimed that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has accepted its demand to cancel three MoUs signed by the Maharashtra government with Chinese companies recently.
While complimenting Thackeray, Khandelwal said, "This step is in line with the sentiments of the people of the country and will be a lesson to China".
The traders' body recently launched a national campaign titled 'Bhartiya Samaan-Hamara Abhimaan' to boycott Chinese goods.
"This demonstration is a reflection of the boiling anger in the hearts and minds of Indian traders and citizens against China's continued antagonism towards India. Due to the prevailing state of COVID-19 pandemic, this demonstration was done by adopting all measures of social distancing and safety precautions," the CAIT told PTI.
Khandelwal said that traders and consumers across the country have shown great enthusiasm and tremendous support for boycott of Chinese goods.
The first highlight of this campaign will be seen on the festival of Rakhi in the month of August when Indian women will tie purely Indian made rakhis to their brothers and boycott China-made rakhis, he added.
The CAIT has urged traders from all over the country to refrain from selling or buying Chinese goods in view of the upcoming festivals.
(With PTI and ANI inputs)