Amazon’s operations in India should be suspended until an investigation into the company is completed, the All India Mobile Retailers Association (AIMRA), a trade union representing more than 100,000 mobile phone retailers in India said. “Companies like Amazon and Flipkart, along with Chinese mobile brands have colluded to erode the local economy and killed the small retail businesses,” it said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Before this, the Confederation of All India Traders, one of Amazon and Flipkart's biggest critics in the country, has also called for a week-long ban on Amazon. There should also be a policy to ensure that e-commerce companies have no shares in their preferred sellers, and to make sure that goods are allowed to be sold by other sellers, and not just the preferred ones on these platforms, the organisation wrote in the letter. The organisation said that mobile phone makers have exclusive tie-ups with a handful of these preferred sellers, and all stocks are given to these sellers, in order to show the e-commerce company’s non-involvement in trade. MediaNama has seen a copy of the letter. AIMRA’s letter came in the backdrop of a Reuters report which showed that a handful of sellers, such as Cloudtail and Appario, accounted for more than 60% of Amazon’s sales in India. The report revealed how Amazon used legal manoeuvres to sidestep Indian regulations aimed at curbing deep discounting and limiting FDI. Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said that Amazon, Flipkart, and other e-commerce companies…
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