None less than Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not defer new regulations for the e-commerce sector.
The outfit advised the government to resist pressure from the United States in this regard.
The economic wing of RSS, which is the fountainhead of the ruling party, has written to Modi in this regard.
It said that changing the policy implementation date under pressure from Washington will hurt 130 million small Indian entrepreneurs.
The new rules, to be implemented from February 1, will deal a blow to Walmart and Amazon’s ambitions in the country.
Both Amazon and Walmart have sought an extension of the February 1 deadline, but government sources have said that was unlikely to happen as Modi needs millions of traders by his side in an upcoming national election due by May.
The RSS has long advocated self-reliance and opposed the opening up of the Indian economy to foreign players.