New Delhi, Oct. 11 -- A prominent affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) announced on Thursday that it will hold nationwide protests to pressure the government into not joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a proposed free trade agreement between the 10 ASEAN member states and their six free-trade agreement partners.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) opposes RCEP over concerns that the country could be flooded with cheaper Chinese imports once the deal is done.

District-level protests have started and it will continue till October 20, SJM's national co-convenor Ashwani Mahajan said in a statement that claimed RCEP would "effectively function as a free trade agreement (FTA) with China".

"The trade defic...