Kolkata: Most shops and establishments in
both retail and wholesale segments in West Bengal on Thursday downed
their shutters in response to an all-India strike called to
protest the government`s decision to allow FDI in retail.
Most markets, including the wholesale market in Posta
area of Burrabazar, the largest in the state, observed a day`s
The Confederation of West Bengal Trade Associations
(CWBTA), the apex body of the most prominent trade
associations of the state, having over five lakh small and
medium level traders, said all sister trade bodies are
supporting the bandh call.
The traders alleged that the Centre`s decision of
allowing FDI in retail sector would spell disaster for small
traders, in particular endangering the livelihood of millions
of trading community.
Most of the political parties and trade unions have
supported the day`s token strike.