While Valentine Day was being celebrated across the country, the Indian trading community celebrated the day by observing it as 'My Valentine-My Motherland.' It held traders' conferences in different states of India, and took a pledge to say a firm 'no' to FDI in retail trade under any condition.
While participating in one such conference in Bhopal, Praveen Khandelwal, National Secretary General of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), the nodal body of the trading community, issued a call to traders for them to join the protest.
A massive 'Save Retail Democracy' rally on March 7 is scheduled to be held at Ramlila Ground, New Delhi. It is likely to be attended by thousands of people from across the country. The rally is being organized by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and Khudra FDI Virodhi Rashtriya Morcha, which is a joint coalition of all retail stakeholders.
The theme of the rally is 'Retail FDI Bhagao-Apne Watan Ko Bachao, and its objective is to show that FDI in retail nothing but a struggle between corporate aristocracy and retail democracy.
Khandelwal alleged that the Union Government had misled the Parliament and the people on this issue by hiding true facts and figures, and that even state governments have been sold lies.