Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar urges people to boycott Chinese products

Pawar also stated that the centre's economic package of ₹20 lakh crore was not helping those who survive on daily wages.

Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar urges people to boycott Chinese products

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Tuesday called for a boycott of China-made products in the backdrop of Indo-China border face-off which claimed the lives of 20 Indian Army soldiers. 

Pawar asked people to boycott goods and products manufactured by Chinese firms in the wake of India China border clashes at Galwan Valley in Ladakh. The Indian Army in an official statement earlier informed about 20 personnel were martyred in violent clashes with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). 

While addressing the media in a press conference, Pawar said that the Chinese will be taught a lesson if India starts boycotting Chinese products. “I urge the public to boycott China-made products and teach a lesson to China,” he said. 

Earlier, Maharashtra Minister Subhash Desai clarified that the state government has put investment worth ₹5,020 crores on hold with Chinese companies. Desai said that it has not been cancelled as the state government is waiting for centre’s policy on China-based investors. 

Talking about the economic package of ₹20 lakh crore announced by the centre earlier, Pawar said that it was not helping the poor. He said that this issue has also been raised before Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

“Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has raised the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has urged the centre to provide financial assistance to the poor by directly transferring money to their bank accounts,” Pawar, who also holds the finance portfolio in the Maharashtra government said. 

Pawar stated that the package doesn’t help those who survive on daily wages while adding that the economy is yet to fall on the track. “The economy is coming back on track to some extent but it is not like the package would help immediately,” the Maharashtra Deputy CM said. 

Pawar further informed that he has also written a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in this regard. 

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