FDI protest in Punjab, poor response in Chandigarh
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 14:10
Chandigarh: Protesting against allowing 51 per cent FDI into multi-brand retail, trading community at various places in Punjab shut down their shops, but markets in Chandigarh and Haryana largely remained open.

Druggists and crop seed selling stores were, however, open.

Apart from this, large and branded stores like Reliance Fresh, departmental stores, neighbourhood shops and malls also remained open, reports pouring in from various places across Punjab said.

The bandh had a major impact in major industrial cities, including Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar where main bazaars and markets remained closed.

In Chandigarh and Haryana, including Ambala, shopkeepers largely stayed away from the bandh call and opened their shops as usual.

Traders carried out protest rallies and burnt effigies in major industrial cities like Ludhiana and Amritsar to lodge their protest against the entry of multi-national companies into country's retail market.

The effigies were burnt separately by local 'Beopar' Mandal and the BJP- an alliance partner of the SAD in the Parkash Singh Badal led ministry.

Members of the trading body could also be seen requesting shopkeepers and traders to shut down their shops in the wake of All India Bandh call, reports said.

"We requested shopowners and merchants not to open their stores today and they agreed to our plea. At some places shopkeepers fully supported the bandh call and did not open their shops," Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, Secretary, Mohinder Aggarwal said.

Traders claimed that they were getting full support of retailers and small shopkeepers to make the Bandh successful.

They asked the Centre to come out with a white paper on the entire FDI issue.


First Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 14:10

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