Ban restaurants selling Chinese food in India: Union minister Ramdas Athawale

Ramdas Athawale said: “China is a country that betrays. India should boycott all products that are made in China. All restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food in India should be closed down.”

Union minister Ramdas Athawle. (Photo: Twitter/Ramdas Athawle)

Days after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, Union minister Ramdas Athawale has demanded a ban on restaurants that are selling Chinese food in India.

Ramdas Athawale also appealed to the people to “boycott Chinese food”, news agency ANI reported.

Earlier, in a tweet, the Union minister said, “China is a country that betrays. India should boycott all products that are made in China. All restaurants and hotels that sell Chinese food in India should be closed down.”

His comments come at a time when relations between the two countries are at an all-time low in the past several decades and there is an increasing demand from various sections in India to boycott Chinese products.

Ever since the news of the violent face-off in which 20 soldiers, including a colonel-rank officer, were killed broke out, anti-China protests have been staged in various parts of the country to demand a boycott of Chinese products.

On Wednesday, potests were held in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur-Basti zone against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. Agitators called for a boycott of Chinese products and burnt effigies of President Xi Jinping at several places.

In Gorakhpur, district BJP members and workers of the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), a youth group floated by Yogi Adityanath, burnt an effigy of President Xi. The National Students’ Union of India and Youth Congress activists set fire to the Chinese flag and Xi’s effigy at DDU Gorakhpur University gate.

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