In an editorial, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said the Prime Minister`s address to the nation was "most laughable" and quite unprecedented.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani said Walmart was being allowed in India even as it was facing protests in the US and New York "shut Walmart out".
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was heckled at a conference in the national capital by a man protesting against the recent diesel price hike.
BJP lashed out at the UPA govt for acting "arrogantly" by notifying FDI in multi-brand retail and said it smacked of utter disregard to Parliament, opposition parties and public.
A near-complete bandh was observed today in Uttarakhand following a call from the BJP and other parties to oppose diesel price hike, FDI in multi-brand retail and cap on subsidised LPG.
Public transport services were hit with state transport undertakings suspending their long route services to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh as a precautionary measure.
The nationwide strike called by BJP and other parties to protest diesel price hike, FDI in multi-brand retail and cap in subsidised LPG cylinders on Thursday affected normal life in Jharkhand.
Buses were off the roads, majority of schools, colleges and market places were shut, many IT firms declared a holiday due to the shutdown.
Life in the city and elsewhere in West Bengal was disrupted by a 12-hour bandh called by Left parties to protest diesel price hike, FDI in multi-brand retail and cap on subsidised LPG.
Banking/insurance operations were affected as majority of the staff did not report for work.
A massive puja pandal in the city celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi would pray to Lord Ganesha, seeking his "blessings" to stop the central government from "imposing" its decision on them.
Uma Bharti alleged that PM Manmohan Singh allowed Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail market under international pressures which was a "sin".
"The claim that FDI will harm farmers and small traders is not correct.In fact, it has boosted the economy and their quality of services," Ravi
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said the state would welcome foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail as it would help both consumers and farmers.
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday said he was not in favour of allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in his state.
Ruling out a roll-back of the decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail and the hike in diesel prices, the party said that they were "not surprise decisions".
The BJP leader appealed to all the parties opposing the policy along with workers and farmers bodies to jointly organise a protest demonstration against the Centre`s decision.
The Minister of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Overseas Indian Affairs refused to buy the argument of some of the UPA allies.
BJP on Thursday made it clear that it will oppose entry of Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail in the country.
Opposing govt`s decision to allow FDI in the retail sector, Gopinath Munde said
that they would not allow proceedings to take place in the Parl.
Day in Pics: 29th August
August 29, 2014
Famous Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai