Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, President of Republican Party of India (RPI-A), on June 18, called for a ban on restaurants and hotels serving Chinese cuisine and also asked the citizens to stop eating Chinese food.
Athawale, who coined the famous ‘Go Corona, Go Corona’ chant in February, made the statement against the backdrop of clash between Indian and Chinese armed forces in the Galwan valley area of Ladakh on June 15. The clash led to deaths of around 20 Indian Army personnel including a Colonel rank officer.
Athawale said, “Restaurants selling Chinese food should be banned. Restaurants should be closed by the order of the state government. I appeal people who consume Chinese food to boycott it.”
“The Chinese literature should also be banned. Its products should be banned and it’s companies too should not be given business here. We should develop such companies in India, which can manufacture the same products here,” the Union Minister added.
Athawale warned China to reconsider its actions and stop its criminal activities on the border. “You took Buddha from us but we don’t want yuddha (war) with you. A war will prove to be costly for both countries, economically and loss of lives will also occur. If we (Indians) are not crossing the border, then why are you doing so?” he added.