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NDA calls for nationwide shutdown on Thursday

New Delhi, Sept 15 (ANI): The National Democratic Alliance has called for a nation-wide shutdown on Thursday against the Centre’s decision to hike diesel prices and permit Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multibrand retail.

“The NDA has decided to give a call to this country for nation-wide bandh on September 20,” veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani announced in a press conference here on Saturday.

Further, he termed Centre’s decision on FDI as “unilateral” and a “betrayal” to the nation.

“Most states are against FDI because it will hurt small retailers. It is betrayal of parliament, of people and thousands of traders in the country who are stakeholders in this,” he said.

“They have not consulted any political party and suddenly taken the decision unilaterally,” he added.

The Union Cabinet on Friday decided to operationalise 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail, but left it to the state governments to allow setting up of such stores.
The government had in November last year approved 51 percent FDI in multi-brand. This was, however, put on hold due to political opposition, including from UPA constituent Trinamool Congress. (ANI)