The Ujjain Municipal Corporation on Tuesday passed a resolution to ban the sale of Chinese goods during a religious fair in November to protest against China’s alleged support to Pakistan.
About 1,000 vendors sell various products such as toys and electronic goods in the temple town of Ujjain during Kartik Mela, which begins in the middle of November.
“People had appealed for boycott of Chinese goods earlier, but we are the first institution to propose a ban, thereby sending a strong message to China,” Sonu Gehlot, chairman of the corporation’s general board, told The Indian Express. The resolution was passed unanimously.
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The vendors will have to give an undertaking that they will not sell Chinese goods, Gehlot said. China will not feel the pinch because of the resolution of one municipal body, but its economy will suffer if the movement spreads across the country, the councillors said.
The 54-member board of the Ujjain Municipal Corporation comprises 34 councillors of the BJP, 16 of the Congress and four Independents.
State minister Vishwas Sarang said he would boycott Chinese products as far as possible and appealed to people to follow suit. BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had recently called for a boycott of Chinese goods on his official Twitter account. He later deleted the tweets, claiming they were unauthorised.