In a new turn of events, Telecom giants Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have been accused by Indian business tycoon Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio o
In a new turn of events, Telecom giants Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have been accused by Indian business tycoon Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio of running a false propaganda campaign against it to attract its customer base. Reliance Industries vt Ltd telecom unit Jio lodged a formal complaint with The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the 10th of December. In a letter submitted to the telecom regulator, Jio stated that a negative impression was being created by two of its rivals in the telecom sector in the eyes of the public amidst the farmers’ protest against the three farms laws that were recently passed by the Indian Parliament. Jio alleged that its telecom competitors were creating an impression in the eyes of the public that its parent company Reliance Industries Pvt Ltd which happens to run retail operations would be benefitting from the three agricultural laws that were introduced by the Modi led government in September this year. According to the letter submitted by Reliance Jio to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which was also seen by London-based international news organization company Reuters, Reliance Jio has been receiving calls in large numbers from across the country for cancellations of the present subscriptions and port out requests. The letter stated that this has been happening because of the customer perception that has been negatively affected by its rivals from the telecom sector to serve their agendas of broadening their consumer base.
Farmers from the neighboring states of Delhi have been protesting for almost three weeks at the National Capital against the deregulation of the agricultural sector that would allow the farmers to sell their produce to other buyers apart from the government-regulated wholesale markets or the mandis where the farmers would generally sell their produce in the past. The farmers have assured a minimum price for their produce at these wholesale markets. Farmers fear that if the three farms laws come into effect, the assurance of minimum selling price that they use to get would become a thing in the past. Entry points at the Delhi Noida border have been blocked by the police to stop the farmers from entering Delhi. This blockade has been causing a lot of problems to the citizens as many have to cross the Delhi Noida border for their work. While the ruling party has been trying hard to negotiate with the farmers, many politicians like Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have come out in support of farmers, calling them anti-farmer laws.
Responding to the complaint filed by Jio with TRAI, both the companies, Airtel and VI have denied these allegations and said that these allegations hold no water. Bharti Airtel issued a statement saying that they emphatically deny these baseless allegations as it treats its partners and competitors with uttermost respect. While Vodafone Idea said that they believe in ethically doing business and denied the baseless charges by Reliance. The team was unable to reach TRAI outside regular business hours.