"BJP reiterates its whole hearted support to this expression of popular unrest on this issue. The government at the Centre has shown utter disregard to the concerns expressed by small traders, farmers and consumers at large who would be facing the adverse impact of this decision," party president Nitin Gadkari said in a statement.
The principal opposition, along with Left and other parties, have opposed the government's decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in retail. These parties alleged the likes of retai giants Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco would affect the neighbourhood mom-and-pop stores in cities and create massive unemployment. "BJP strongly supports the demand for roll back of this decision and appeals to the countrymen to join the Bharat Bandh tomorrow," Gadkari said.