Protest Against Wal-Mart

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Even a suspicion of Wal-mart trying to gain a backdoor entry into retail trade was enough for people here to come out in protest against US multinational retail giant. Hundreds of workers of CPI(M) and mass organisations such as AIDWA, CITU, SFI and DYFI demonstrated in front of Kisan Mart being inaugurated by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda raising slogans "No To Wal-Mart". Only after police arrested around 75 protesters led by AIDWA Vice-President Jagmati Sangwan, did the chief minister able to hastily inaugurate the same mall. It is reported that Hooda government has already committed to give an entire floor in the sprawling Mall to Bharati-Walmart.

Later, addressing a public meeting here at Sriram Rangshala, in connection with the Northern Jatha of CPI(M)'s Sangharsh Sandesh Brinda Karat, Member CPI(M) Polit Bureau congratulated the anti-Wal-Mart protesters. She also warned the UPA government that it may have succeeded in manipulating a majority for it's resolution on FDI in retail, it should not be under illusion that now Wal-Mart can enter India. “People of India won't allow that and the Left along with other trade organisations will resist any such attempts on the streets.