Partial response in AP to bandh against FDI in ret

Hyderabad: The nation-wide bandh called by traders in protest against the Centre's decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector evoked partial response in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

While shops remained open in most parts of the city, the traders in Begum Bazar, a famous traditional market for retail shops, observed the shutdown and held a dharna.

"The government's decision would badly affect the livelihood of lakhs of traders and those dependent on them.

There are about five lakh traders in Hyderabad alone. The government says the decision would help farmers and consumers which is not true," Ghanshyam Bhati, leader of the Hyderabad Kirana Merchants Association, said.

The BJP extended support to the traders in their protest against the Centre's move.

CPI State Secretary K Narayana participated in a programme at Narayanaguda here where an effigy of the Union Government was burnt.

In Visakhapatnam, traders observed bandh at Purna Market and other places.

Reports from other places in the state said the traders organised dharna and other forms of protest.