Lukewarm response to bandh call

Neighbourhood shops largely remained open despite the nationwide protest by traders' groups who had the support of BJP

The nationwide bandh called by traders against proposed FDI in multi-brand retail evoked a mixed response in the Capital on Thursday. Some market associations stayed away from the protest; neighbourhood shops by and large remained open in most parts of the city. 

That empty feeling: A deserted Karol Bagh market on Ajmal Khan 
Road, during the bandh against FDI in retail in New Delhi on Thursday.

However, a number of big markets like Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Chawri Bazar, Kashmere Gate, Tilak Nagar, Rohini, Krishna Nagar and Greater Kailash M Block remained shut on Thursday. Sarojini Nagar and INA markets though functioned as usual. 

BJP workers burn Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in effigy at Karol 
Bagh. Pics/Subhash Barolia

Claims of success
Confederation of All India Traders' (CAIT) Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal claimed traders across the country participated in the agitation. "Around five crore traders belonging to 10,000 traders' bodies across the country are participating in the bandh. And I would call it a successful bandh," he said. 

BJP also joined the traders' protest by organising marches and burning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in effigy in several parts of the city. Some market associations who remained open to business on Thursday were of the view that FDI may not be dangerous for traders. 

"We were never informed about this protest. We came to know from newspapers. Also, we don't fully support the view that FDI in retail is dangerous. We don't know the benefits and ill-effects," Ashok Randhava, president of Sarojini Nagar Mini Market Association, where shops were open. 

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